Delta-Northwest merger may get regulatory approval, observers say

Regulators are likely to approve the proposed merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, some antitrust lawyers say. The DOJ will investigate the deal's effect on competition, and lawmakers are already scheduling hearings on the transaction. DOT Secretary Mary Peters said her agency "will have to keep an open mind." However, antitrust regulators could force the merged carrier to divest certain routes. The merger will also need to win the support of the carriers' unions.

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