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Southwest Adding Midway To Minneapolis Route

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Southwest Airlines Co. plans to add service from Midway Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul in March.

The move comes as Egan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Corp. prepares to merge with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., which is expected to trim some operations amid the consolidation. Southwest is a large player in Detroit, also a major Northwest hub.

But Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says the move on Minneapolis wasn't aimed at Northwest.

"The (Northwest-Delta) merger has nothing to do with our choice of Minneapolis," he says. "It's a chance to add a new market, more customers, more profits. There are no low-cost carriers of any size in Minneapolis. It's very close to a large, successful operation for Southwest Airlines. It's an underserved market with very high fares."

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