Frontier Airlines pilot leaders responded when the US Department of Transportation levied a $1.5 million fine against the airline for lengthy tarmac delays suffered by passengers during last December’s severe winter storms. Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of the Frontier Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA) said the historic DOT fine levied against the carrier 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,” Smith said. “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.”
The December snowstorm grounded much of Frontier’s fleet for almost a week, stranding flight crews and passengers alike. In some cases, passengers were trapped on their stalled airplanes at the airline’s Denver hub for three hours or more while waiting for an open gate.