The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that it has finalized the tentative decision made on March 16, 2012 to allow AirTran, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, to provide daily nonstop service from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Cancun International Airport. It will be the first service from Midway to Cancun in four years.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined AirTran Airways $60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.
This consent order concerns fare displays by AirTran Airways on its website (www.airtran.com) that failed to comply with the Department’s rule on full fare advertising, 14 CFR 399.84. The carrier’s website failed to include fuel surcharges applicable to advertised fares in certain markets. These advertising practices, in addition, constituted an unfair and deceptive trade practice and an unfair method of competition in violation of 49 U.S.C. § 41712. Based on these violations, this order assesses a compromise civil penalty of $45,000 and directs the carrier to cease and desist from future similar violations.