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Potential Mergers Leave MEM, CVG Hopeful But Uncertain

Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., confirmed for the Minneapolis Star Tribune last week that Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines had entered formal merger discussions, and several industry officials have heard that talks have progressed far enough where a deal could be announced in the coming weeks.

Rumors of the potential deal have officials at several airports wondering how their futures will look if the resulting combination withstands government scrutiny.  Industry experts say Memphis International (MEM) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG), with their proximity respectively to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), a Delta hub, and Detroit Metropolitan (DTW), a Northwest hub, are the two airports with the most on the line from a combined Northwest and Delta.

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