Pan Am to slash daily schedule for fall

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Pan Am is reducing its daily flight schedule from 16 to six during the next 60 to 90 days, effective Sept. 14. The carrier said the changes were due to a downturn in fall bookings.

Among the routes dropped will be service between Sanford, Fla., and Atlantic City and Newark, N.J., and the Dominican Republic. Sanford-San Juan, Puerto Rico, service will be reduced from six flights per week to two through Nov. 14.

Also, within Florida, only service to and from Sanford will be retained; Miami, Naples and St. Petersburg will be dropped.

Many employees have been furloughed, according to Dan Fortnam, vice president of sales and marketing, who called the cuts "temporary."

Pan Am's commission structure for the fall continues at 5% for U.S. flights; 10% for Canada, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

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