Northwest, Delta Shareholders Approve Merger

After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted the Single Operating Certificate for the proposed Delta Air Lines/Northwest Airlines merger Wednesday, Northwest and Delta shareholders approved the merger at meetings in New York and Atlanta Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Approval by the Justice Department is the last requirement for the completion of the merger, and pending federal lawsuit seeking to block the deal, set for trial November 5, could hinder or prevent the process.

Delta has already received approval from pilots of the two airlines on a joint collective bargaining agreement. A vote on union representation for flight attendants from both carriers is expected after the combination closes.