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Pan Am cutting one flight from here

September 13, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Pan American Airways is cutting one of its four daily round trips between Baltimore and Hagerstown as of Saturday, officials said Thursday.

Pan Am cut several flights related to its Sanford, Fla., route that went through Baltimore, including one round trip with Hagerstown, Hagerstown Regional Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

People who flew a jet from Sanford to Baltimore could pick up a connector flight to Hagerstown, Motz said. That will not be available as of Saturday.

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Pan Am's Boston-Maine Airways division will still offer three round trips a day each between Hagerstown and Baltimore and Hagerstown and Cumberland, Motz said.

Dan Fortnam, vice president of sales and marketing for Pan Am, said company officials are not contemplating cutting any of the other flights to or from Hagerstown or Cumberland, Md.

The flight cut from the Sanford route could resume in 60 to 90 days, maybe in time for Christmas, Fortnam said.

Pan Am reduced its work force until then, he said. Fortnam would not say how many employees were laid off.

Pan Am made the cuts after reviewing advanced bookings for September and October and noting they were down, Motz said.

Until this move, Pan Am had been expanding its services, Motz said.

Motz did not have ridership numbers available, but said they were not as high as airport officials wanted them to be.

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