Passengers respond to Northwest/Delta merger - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Passengers respond to Northwest/Delta merger

In the hustle and bustle at the ticket counter, time is ticking. Not only on departures, but on a merger most passengers do not seem to care about.

Northwest is combining with Delta to create the world's largest global airline. But will it take off? Or will it crash and burn?

Either way, the Hill family says they are only in search of security.

"As long as my plane's safe and sound," David Hill said.
Longtime travel agent Janice Bomar said the deal should not affect frequent flyers drastically. But, she adds, only time will really tell.

Both State Senators put out e-mails. They say that the merger is great news, that it's vitally important, and that the hub will only get stronger as a result.

The airport authority agrees. With two airlines packed into one, they say, less is actually more.

"More connections out of Memphis. More traffic out of Memphis. More international service out of Memphis," airport authority chair Arnold Perl said.

Sherry Galley flies Northwest often. The name on the side of her plane might soon change, but she says her travel plans won't.

Airport officials said it will take another six to eight months to complete that merger.

Travel agents said it will take even longer to determine exactly how it will affect airline travelers.

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