Lufthansa facing $6.4m US FAA fine

Lufthansa is facing a $6,428,000 civil penalty fine proposed by the US Department of Transport’s (US DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The governing body of the US civil aviation sector has accused Lufthansa of operating nearly 900 flights that failed to comply with FAA regulations.

In a statement the FAA said “Lufthansa operated the flights into and out of San Diego International and Philadelphia International airports when it knew it lacked FAA authorisation to do so. Foreign airlines can only conduct scheduled flights into and out of airports that are listed in their FAA-issued Operations Specifications, and the FAA alleges neither airport was in Lufthansa’s Operations Specifications.

“Between March 22, 2018 and May 27, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 600 flights with Airbus 340 aircraft from Frankfurt International Airport to San Diego, and from San Diego to Frankfurt. Between Oct. 28, 2018 and April 10, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 292 flights with Airbus 330-300 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft from Frankfurt to Philadelphia, and from Philadelphia to Frankfurt.”

According to the FAA, Lufthansa has 30 days after receiving the FAA’s penalty letter to respond to the agency. 

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