NEW YORK — Pan American World Airways, its domestic operations at a virtual standstill on the second day of a strike against it by the Transport Workers Union, said Friday that it was managing to operate about 50% of its overseas flights, particularly to the Caribbean and within Germany.
John Krimsky, the airline's senior vice president-marketing, said that Pan Am had "designed a strike operations plan which maintains Pan Am service from our major U.S. stations to a number of key worldwide leisure and commercial cities, but have unfortunately had to curtail our domestic operations."
No Talks Scheduled
But a spokesman at TWU headquarters here, Leo Kutch, said that "the strike is completely effective. I am told all Pan Am employees are honoring the picket lines." He said that no negotiations are scheduled. The TWU represents 5,700 Pan Am mechanics and baggage handlers.
The strike is proving to be a bonanza for Pan Am's competitors around the world.
"We don't like to gloat about this," said Richard L. McGraw, senior vice president of corporate communications at Eastern Airlines. "But it will have an impact on our earnings for the entire year. Wherever Eastern flies in competition with Pan Am we have picked up extra business."