Flying empty planes: Some airlines balk at proposed rules under federal stimulus package
4 Apr 2020 20:25:05
Some low-cost and regional airlines are pushing back against requirements of the federal stimulus package that force them to maintain a minimum level of service to certain destinations, saying having to fly nearly empty planes defeats the purpose of the bailout.
Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines say the Department of Transportation's requirements under the measure intended to help airlines stay afloat despite a dearth of travel during the coronavirus pandemic punish no-frills carriers like themselves by forcing them to offer flights they know will be mostly empty.
They say they should be allowed more latitude.
"Never in the history of air transportation has the U.S air carrier industry been more in need of flexibility than it is now," says Allegiant in offering formal comment on the federal proposal. "Flexibility means survival for individual carriers."
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