Airport Leaders Don't Expect Merger To Change Flight Service

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- Merging Delta and Northwest into one airline still needs a variety of approvals before it becomes final. However, if the two companies do become the nation's largest air carrier, executives have announced that Atlanta will be the airline's home. And all of its hubs will remain open.

That's encouraging news for Gulfport Biloxi International Airport. It has up to nine flights a day to Atlanta on Delta, and three daily flights to Memphis via Northwest.

"It basically means we're going to continue to have non-stop service to those cities, and probably the numbers of flights that we have today. Because a hub doesn't operate unless you have at least three banks, possibly four banks a day," Airport Director Bruce Frallic said.

The goal of both airlines is to try and complete this merger by the end of the year.