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PBA - ending one era, starting another. (Provincetown-Boston Airways)

PBA--Ending one era, starting another

It is the Monday before Easter, the peak of Florida's tourist season. Within the passenger terminal of Naples Municipal Airport, Provincetown-Boston Airline's operations center hums with activity, supporting the fleet of almost 40 aircraft hauling passengers about the airline's Southern System.

But across the tarmac at PBA's corporate offices the atmosphere reflects resignation rather than enthusiasm.

After 16 months of staging a holding action against the effects of FAA enforcement, a fatal accident and bankruptcy, PBA draws near the end of an era. If events continue in their current direction, explains PBA President Peter Van Arsdale, PBA will become the best bargain People Express has picked up out of three acquisitions (Frontier, Britt and PBA).

"It's basically out of our hands now,' said Van Arsdale. "People (Express) filed the reorganization plan with the bankruptcy court in Tampa, and if approved, People will get PBA for less than $2 million. …

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