TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

CATHAY PACIFIC,

AMERICAN TO END PACTAmerican Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways are splitting up.

The two carriers have decided not to renew an agreement that enabled American to sell seats and book cargo on Cathay Pacific's flights.

The cooperative agreement went in force on July 1, 1990, and expires on March 31 of this year.

As of March 31, American will book passengers scheduled to move on the Cathay flights through its Tokyo service or on a different carrier. Cargo shipments booked in advance will not be shifted to another airline.

VANDALISM BLAMED

FOR TRAIN DERAILMENT

KIRKLAND, Ariz. - Vandals were responsible for a derailment here Saturday night that caused $1.5 million in damage to an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co. train, officials said.

The vandals released the brakes on the 46-car freight train, causing it to roll backward down an eight-mile grade and eventually derail.

Event recorders on the train showed it eventually reached speeds of 70 mph, officials said. If another train had been using the same tracks, a serious accident could have occurred, the officials said.

Train crewmembers left the train unattended for more than 10 hours after it was halted because of a derailment on a connecting track, officials said.

ACTIVITY PICKS UP

AT MIDWAY AIRPORT

CHICAGO - Midway Airline's demise has sparked a rush of activity at Chicago's Midway Airport.

With O'Hare International Airport's crowding problems, Midway Airline's collapse means that Midway Airport is the only facility in the Chicago area that has gates and flight times available.

Seven airlines have started flying into Midway or plan to do so soon, officials at the airport said. All the activity has occurred since Midway Airline ceased operations, the officials said.