SOURCE: Detroit Regional Chamber

April 24, 2008 10:40 ET

Delta and Northwest Merger Supported by Detroit's Business Community

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber submitted testimony to the U.S. House and Senate that supports the Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines merger.

"The Chamber believes this move will enhance the Detroit Region's ability to compete globally for new business investment and jobs," said Sarah Hubbard, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. "Having our world-class airport as a major hub will strengthen the new carrier's position in the global economy, which means more people and goods will move through the Detroit Region."

The Delta and Northwest merger will make Southeast Michigan more competitive for business development, tourism and travelers. This will have a positive effect on the region's economic development strategy and create jobs for the area. This helps the logistics hub and aerotropolis initiatives being aggressively pursued by the business community. These plans envision leveraging the region's air, land and sea resources to establish a major transportation center for moving people and goods around the globe. Being a strong hub for a global carrier will help the region realize this goal.

"Detroit Metropolitan Airport is one of the region's strongest economic development assets. The merger will position Detroit to serve as the centerpiece of Delta's Midwest network and improve our access to destinations throughout the globe," continued Hubbard.

View the Detroit Regional Chamber's testimony at

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With 23,000 members, the Detroit Regional Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in the country. The Chamber's mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, public policy advocacy, strategic partnerships and quality products and services for members.

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