Northwest Airlines Reports October

PRNewswire-FirstCall ST. PAUL, Minn. Nov. 5 :

Northwest Airlines today announced a systemwide October load factor of
78.5 percent, 3.4 points above October 2002. Northwest flew 5.67 billion
revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.22 billion available seat miles
(ASMs) in October 2003, a traffic decrease of 3.4 percent and a capacity
decline of 7.6 percent versus October 2002.

Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at
Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and
approximately 1,500 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest
serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In
2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest`s efforts
to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power and Associates study ranked
airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest`s two
largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in
overall customer satisfaction. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named
Northwest “Best North American airline.”

For more information pertaining to Northwest, media inquiries can be
directed to Northwest Media Relations at (612) 726-2331 or to Northwest`s
Web site at .