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DOT APPROVES NORTHWEST/KLM INTEGRATION AGREEMENT

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation today approved a request of Northwest Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to integrate their services and operate as if they were a single carrier.
 The department also granted antitrust immunity to the carriers to allow them to proceed with the agreement.
 The department had tentatively approved the agreement and request for immunity on Nov. 16 last year.
 Today's action follows last September's "open skies" accord between the United States and the Netherlands which gives the carriers of both countries unlimited access to the other's international market. Under the accord, airlines of the two countries may fly to any city in either country without restriction.
 "This agreement is an illustration of the benefits of open skies," Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. said. "We hope it will provide an impetus for open skies accords with other countries, moving us further in the direction of a truly global aviation environment."
 The department said that the Northwest-KLM agreement should benefit the public by providing better service and enabling the two carriers to operate more efficiently and reduce their costs. The department will require the carriers to resubmit the agreement for review in five years.
 The agreement between Northwest and KLM includes a joint marketing operation, coordination of schedules and pricing, a unified travel agency commission program, and shared revenues from joint services.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Mosley of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/


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