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EAGAN, MN-Northwest Airlines says that due to a slowdown in business travel and persistently high fuel costs, it is closing three facilities, cutting back flights and reducing its staff by 1,500 positions. The airline plans to shut down its reservations centers in New York and Hawaii and a flight attendant base in Chicago.

The airline still plans to modernize its hub airport facilities, especially the new $1.2-billion Detroit Midfield complex, says CEO Richard Anderson. Northwest, like the rest of the airline industry, continues to experience the impact of a weak US economy that has resulted in reduced businesstravel, Anderson adds.

With annual revenues in excess of $11 billion and more than 53,000 employees worldwide, Northwest Airlines is the world’s fourth-largest airline, with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam.

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