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Oberstar to outline opposition to Delta-Northwest merger at news conference

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., will hold at news conference today to comment on the Northwest-Delta airlines merger announced Monday evening. Oberstar, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, opposes the merger. "...

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., will hold at news conference today to comment on the Northwest-Delta airlines merger announced Monday evening.

Oberstar, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, opposes the merger.

"I'm concerned about the effect this merger could have on the aviation industry; it will trigger a cascade of mergers," Oberstar said in a news release this morning. "You will wind up with three mega, global air carriers. And then what voice does an air traveler in International Falls or Minot, North Dakota have? None."

Rep. Jerry F. Costello, D-Ill., chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, will also talk during the conference.

The news conference begins at 1:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time from the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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The news conference will be Webcast live at http://transportation.house.gov/

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