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Delta/Northwest merger will be visible at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Delta Air Lines' acquisition of Northwest Airlines last year will become more visible at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport beginning mid-next week.

Northwest's passenger check-in will be consolidated with Delta's ticket counter at the west end of the terminal.

All passengers holding tickets on either airline should check in at the Delta counter, said Valerie Wise, Wichita Airport Authority air service and business development manager.

In addition, Gate 11 will no longer be in use, Wise said. Delta will use Gate 2 and Gate 4 on the east side of the terminal, Wise said.

In October, Delta acquired Northwest Airlines in a stock swap  with a combined value of $34.2 billion. The combined airline is now the world's largest, the company said.

"I'd say the merger has gone very well," said Delta spokesman Anthony Black. It's on pace or ahead of schedule.

Customers can merge frequent flier  miles together.

In about a month or so, Delta plans to announce details of a 2010 combined frequent flier program, Black said.

Delta is in the process of painting all of Northwest's aircraft in Delta's red, white and blue flagship colors. It will take until the end of 2010 to complete the changes, Black said.

The  combined airline is currently still flying under two separate operating certificates. By the end of the year, it is expected to operate under a single certificate, he said.

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