Feds OK Delta-Northwest Deal

Merger would create world's largest airline
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
Delta employees have been protesting the merger out of concerns for their labor rights.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Delta’s $2.6 billion offer to buy Northwest Airlines has passed the scrutiny of federal antitrust regulators. Ensuing labor issues aside, official say the merger—which creates the world’s most patronized airline—would not "substantially lessen competition" and will benefit customers, Reuters reports.

“After a thorough, six-month investigation,” Justice said in a statement, “the Division has determined that the proposed merger between Delta and Northwest is likely to produce substantial and credible efficiencies that will benefit US consumers.”