'World News Now' Finds 'Good News for Air Travel,' Leaves Out Merger
âWorld News Now,â which airs on the cable news arm of ABC News, had a treat for viewers on Oct. 31, but the âgood newsâ didnât mention the recently announced merger between Northwest and Delta.
âWorld News Nowâ called fare declines âgood news for air travel for once,â in its news brief.
âSpeaking of money, major
Northwestâs âHoliday Fare Saleâ which offers travelers attractive airfares during the upcoming holiday season for travel throughout the continental 48
But Hubbard did not explain the upside of Northwest Airlines Corporationâs (NYSE: NWA) new role in the industry after its merger with Delta Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL). The new airline will be the largest ever.
The U.S. Department of Justice gave final approval to Delta and Northwest on Oct. 29 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on Oct. 30 that the merger would generate about $35 billion in annual revenue and employ about 75,000 people.
Some journalists were unenthusiastic about this merger when the deal was in its infancy.
ABCâs âWorld News with Charles Gibson,â was downbeat April 15, the day the CEOs from Delta and Northwest made an official announcement about their intentions to merge. âWorld Newsâ went out of its way to find opposition to the proposed deal.
âBut there was swift opposition,â ABC correspondent Lisa Stark said. âA powerful lawmaker from
âIf this merger goes forward, other carriers will follow,â pro-union Democratic Congressman James Oberstar said. âThere will be a cascade of mergers.â
NBCâs âTodayâ looked at the possible Northwest/Delta merger Feb. 15 and focused on how the deal could negatively affect consumers and employees, while ignoring the possibility that the survival of the companies may hinge on it.
âBut airline mergers have traditionally meant job losses, especially in the airlinesâ hub cities, as well as fewer flight options for passengers in smaller cities and higher ticket prices,â NBC correspondent Tom Costello said. âIn