The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Virgin Atlantic Airways, an airline based in the United Kingdom, $50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today proposed to approve an application for antitrust immunity made by Delta Air Lines and affiliates of the Virgin Blue Group to operate joint services between the United States and Australia. The carriers revised their application after the Department tentatively denied an earlier request for immunity last September.
This consent order concerns Internet advertisements by Virgin America, Inc., (Virgin America) that violate the advertising requirements specified in 14 CFR Part 399, as well as 49 U.S.C. § 41712, which prohibits unfair and deceptive practices. It directs Virgin America to cease and desist from future violations of Part 399 and section 41712, and assesses the carrier a compromise civil penalty of $40,000.