ALPA Statement on Department of Transportation Fine Levied Against Frontier Airlines

Release FFT 17.06

September 15, 2017

DENVER – Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of the Frontier Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA) issued the following statement today in response the US Department of Transportation’s $1.5 million fine against Frontier Airlines for lengthy tarmac delays suffered by passengers during last December’s severe winter storms.

“Today’s $1.5 million DOT fine against Frontier Airlines is continuing proof that Frontier management cares more about looting the operation and upstreaming profits to its owners than it does about investing in the airline.  

“The same storm that only slowed down other airlines paralyzed Frontier, even though employees did their best to make up for the company’s lack of resources and planning. 

“Someday we hope the Company realizes that investing in the airline and its employees saves money in the long run and produces a stronger operation.”   

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