The Twin Cities media is reporting today (2 Nov) that NW wants to buy its commuter affiliate, Mesaba Aviation. Northwest already owns 30% of the outstanding shares. Carl Pohlad, majority owner of the Minnesota Twins, owns a big portion of the rest. Mesaba and NW declined to comment beyond the announcement. Mesaba has one hell of an operation, providing extensive and reliable feeder service to NW at both MSP and DTW. Recently, the issue had come up about Mesaba's stock price and growth opportunities, as its growth is 100% tied to Northwest, and it pretty much has all the commuter markets to MSP and DTW already covered. I believe this purchase announcement is in response to that issue.
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