PORTSMOUTH, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 6, 2000--Pan American Airways today announced that they would begin jet service aboard their 727-200 Clipper Class aircraft to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The service will begin August 16, 2000 and will connect St. Louis with Gary/Chicago and Sanford/Orlando.
Dave Fink, Pan Am's President, said, ``Pan Am's service to St. Louis is a significant development in our long-term business planning. Our Clipper strategy is to provide quality and reliable service to underutilized facilities located in metropolitan areas. MidAmerica is a perfect match for Pan Am and we believe its growth opportunities are fantastic.'' Fink added, ``The St. Clair county officials that we have worked with have been very strong advocates for this facility and have convinced Pan Am that MidAmerica St. Louis Airport will be a strategic asset to our route system as well as to St. Louis' long term economic vitality.''
Dan Fortnam, Pan Am's Vice President of Marketing, said: ``Pan Am will be providing St. Louis with a critical business connection to the Chicago area, as well as a convenient option for the central Florida traveler. Our Clipper strategy has been very successful in the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, central Florida, and Bangor markets, and we believe it will rapidly take hold in St. Louis.'' Fortnam added, ``We believe the time is right for Pan Am at St. Louis. Our success in introducing scheduled passenger service at Portsmouth and Gary/Chicago shows that we have a formula for success that we are confident will work in St. Louis.''
Fares with Orlando/Sanford will begin at $129 each way, and Gary/Chicago fares will start at $59 each way.