The Peace Garden Moderate

Matters of today from the perspective of a University of North Dakota student.

9/19/2005

Northwest in Bankruptcy, ND in Trouble?

As most now know, Northwest Airlines recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While the airline has pledged to maintain the highest levels of safety and service, the move leaves many to wonder what will happen to the North Dakota market as Northwest restructures and cuts back on route frequency. Will some cities be dropped completely?

Most analysts think that smaller cities in Minnesota and North Dakota are safe. This is mainly because Northwest enjoys little if any competition in these markets. An AP piece recently ran in the Devils Lake Journal:
Northwest Airlines plans to become a leaner airline, flying fewer planes as it restructures under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But airline watchers and public officials in the region don't expect any major realignment of Northwest's schedules in the near term, including routes flown by Northwest's Mesaba and Pinnacle regional partners.
So that's the word for now. As an out-of-state UND student, it's nice to know I'll still be able to get home from Grand Forks!

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