Delta, Northwest to Consolidate Gates at Airports

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to stop using roughly
170 gates at airports it serves as part of the integration of its
operations with Northwest Airlines

In a recorded message to employees late Thursday, Chief Executive Richard Anderson said giving up the gates will result in millions of dollars in rental savings.

Atlanta-based Delta acquired Northwest on Oct. 29, 2008 in a stock swap deal that created the world's biggest carrier.

Spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Friday that at airports where Delta has been the dominant player and has more gates, it is likely that Northwest gates would be folded into Delta gates. At airports where Northwest has been the dominant player and has more gates, she said, it is likely Delta gates would be folded into Northwest gates.

Talton said that in either case, Delta signs will be used at the consolidated gates.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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