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Delta chief: Merger won't hurt rural service

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ST. PAUL - Passenger air service in rural areas of the upper Midwest would not be harmed by a Northwest-Delta airline merger, but high fuel prices could affect service, a Delta executive said.

Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian, who appeared Monday before Minnesota lawmakers at the Capitol, said a reduction in service to small communities outside airline hubs such as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport would "not be triggered by the merger."

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