Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. may announce a merger to create the world's largest carrier as early as tomorrow, following a meeting of Northwest's board today, according to published reports.
At Tampa International Airport, a combined Delta-Northwest would rank No. 2 behind Southwest Airlines, carrying nearly one in five passengers.
Delta is already the second-largest airline at TIA with 27 daily departures to eight cities. The airline flew nearly 2.6-million passengers or 14 percent of traffic at the airport last year.
Northwest ranked No. 8 in 2007, with just over 1-million local passengers or 5 percent of the airport's total. The carrier has 15 daily departures to four cities.
Neither of the airlines' routes from Tampa overlap. But both have reservations centers near the airport that each employ about 400 workers.