Five foreign airlines and an American have been ordered to pay $622 million to passengers whose flights have been canceled or significantly delayed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said.
The US Department also fined the airlines $7.25 million for improperly delaying ticket refunds, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in press statements.
Ultra low-cost airline Frontier Airlines is the only US airline to have received fines related to refunds.
The rest of the airlines affected by the fines are based abroad, namely Air India, TAP Portugal, Aeromexico, El Al and Avianca.
“When Americans buy a ticket on an airline, we expect them to get to their destination safely, and our job at DOT is to hold airlines accountable for their obligations,” Buttigieg said. .