Fron­tier Air­lines takes a hit for de­lays

Imperial Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

DEN­VER (AP) — The U.S. De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion said Fri­day it fined Fron­tier Air­lines $1.5 mil­lion for keep­ing pas­sen­gers stuck on a dozen air­craft on the Den­ver air­port tar­mac for more than three hours amid a snow­storm last De­cem­ber.

But the de­part­ment said it will for­give $900,000 of that be­cause of com­pen­sa­tion the air­line paid to the pas­sen­gers.

The de­lays came after a storm dropped 8 inches of snow at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Dec. 16-17.

Pas­sen­gers were held aboard 12 planes sit­ting on the tar­mac for more than the three-hour limit set by law, the Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment said.

The de­part­ment said Fron­tier did not have enough staff and did not de­lay or di­vert enough flights to al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion at air­port gates.

On one oc­ca­sion, the air­line used an open gate to load pas­sen­gers on a de­part­ing flight in­stead of un­load­ing a wait­ing plane that had al­ready ar­rived, the de­part­ment said.

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