NWA Seeks Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport-Fee Break

Bankrupt Northwest Airlines wants the Metropolitan Airports Commission to cut it some slack on landing and gate fees, now slated to rise 17 percent next year.

Whatever the outcome of its wrangling with Northwest, Tigwell said the MAC will not end up with a budget that requires taxing homeowners in the seven-county metro area.

To be sure, the MAC can look to increase the portion of its revenue that comes from parking, retail, restaurant and other concessions, said Tigwell. They'll cover about 41 percent of the MAC's projected 2006 budget of $247 million. Airline rates and fees will cover 39 percent.

Martin J. Moylan can be reached at mmoylan@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5479

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