Competitors say Northwest strike is sending them customers

Several of Northwest Airlines' competitors
are reporting a small increase in business since
mechanics went on strike last week.

But during a time when air travel overall is on the upswing, none of the competing airlines are expecting a lot of extra business -- at least in the short term.

A spokeswoman for Sun Country Airlines says the carrier has seen an increase of around ten to 15 percent.

United Airlines also reports a small bump since Northwest mechanics went on strike Saturday. American Airlines also is seeing heavier bookings, but doesn't know if it's a result of the strike.

The strike is in its fifth day today with no talks scheduled.
The airline has a hub in Memphis.

So far, Northwest reports only minimal flight cancellations.

Reports have varied as to the extent of delays.