This order concerns violations by Spirit Airlines, Inc., (Spirit) of the requirements of 14 CFR Part 382 (Part 382) with respect to properly coding and recording its disability-related complaints in connection with required reporting to the Department of Transportation (Department) as well as providing dispositive responses to written complaints alleging a violation of Part 382. Part 382 implements the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), 49 U.S.C. § 41705, and violations of that part also violate the ACAA. To the extent that the ACAA and Part 382 violations occurred in interstate air transportation, the incidents are also violations of 49 U.S.C. § 41702, which requires that air carriers provide safe and adequate interstate air transportation; to the extent the violations occurred in foreign air transportation, the incidents violate 49 U.S.C. § 41310, which, in part, prohibits air carriers and foreign air carriers from unreasonably discriminating against any person in foreign air transportation. Violations of Part 382 also constitute unfair and deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition in violation of 49 U.S.C. § 41712. This order directs Spirit to cease and desist from future similar violations and assesses the carrier $100,000 in civil penalties.
This consent order concerns print and Twitter advertisements by Spirit Airlines, Inc., (Spirit) that violated the advertising requirements specified in 14 CFR 399.84, as well as 49 U.S.C. § 41712, which prohibits unfair and deceptive practices. This order directs Spirit to cease and desist from future violations of section 399.84 and section 41712, and assesses the carrier a compromise civil penalty of $50,000.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Spirit Airlines $50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.
This consent order concerns violations by Spirit Airlines, Inc., (Spirit) of the Department’s oversales rule, 14 CFR Part 250; accounting and reporting requirements, 14 CFR Part 241; record retention requirements, 14 CFR 249.20 and 14 CFR 382.70; consumer information requirements, 14 CFR 382.45(d) and 14 CFR 250.9; full-fare advertising rule, 14 CFR 399.84; Article 17 of the Montreal Convention; and domestic baggage liability rule, 14 CFR Part 254.
This consent order concerns fare displays by Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Spirit) on its website (www.Spirit.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 certain carrierimposed fees in the advertised "base fare" in violation of 14 CFR 399.84. 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. § 4 t 7 I 2. Based on these violations, this order assesses a compromise civil penalty of $40,000 and directs the carrier to cease and desist from future similar violations.