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Northwest to Continue Indianapolis Schedule Buildup

Northwest Airlines today
announced the fourth expansion of its Indianapolis flight schedule in the
last five months, unveiling plans to begin new daily nonstop service to
Dallas/Ft. Worth and Kansas City, Mo., as well as seasonal weekend service
to Sarasota and West Palm Beach, Fla. When the new flights begin in February 2005, Northwest’s Indianapolis
schedule will grow to up to 51 flights a day with service to up to 20
destinations, an increase in departures from its October 2004 schedule of
nearly 200 percent. With the addition of service to Dallas/Ft. Worth,
Kansas City, Sarasota and West Palm Beach, Northwest will offer more
departures than any other carrier and become Indianapolis’ largest airline.

Today, Northwest provides more jet flights from Indianapolis than any
other airline, offering 36 all-jet departures to 14 nonstop destinations.
When the airline’s Indianapolis operation increases to up to 38 flights to
15 destinations on Dec. 15, Northwest will serve more cities nonstop from
Indianapolis than any other carrier.

“Northwest provides Indianapolis-area travelers with an all-jet schedule,
nonstop service to top business and leisure destinations, competitive
fares, a top-rated frequent flyer program, a network of alliances and
global access through its SkyTeam alliance partners that no other airline
can match,” said Fay Beauchine, vice president of sales and customer care.
“The schedule expansion we are announcing today, as well as the staff
increases and facility investments we have made in our growing
Indianapolis operation, further demonstrates our strong commitment to
providing convenient and reliable service to travelers in Indiana.”

Northwest will add its 17th and 18th nonstop destinations from
Indianapolis with three flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth and two flights to
Kansas City starting Feb. 16, 2005. The majority of the new flights will
operate daily, and the remainder will operate six days per week.

Northwest will add its 19th and 20th nonstop destinations from
Indianapolis with seasonal weekend service to Sarasota and West Palm Beach
from Feb. 19 through May 1, 2005. Northwest will offer
Indianapolis-Sarasota and Sarasota-Indianapolis on Saturdays. Northwest
will fly Indianapolis-West Palm Beach on Saturdays and offer return
flights on Sundays.


All of the new flights will be offered through its Northwest Airlink
partner, Pinnacle Airlines, with 44 or 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets