You might expect a 5-star airline to follow all the rules.
Lufthansa is accused of knowingly flying to San Diego and Philadelphia without permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Lufthansa has flown to San Diego for over a year while unauthorized by the FAA. Therefore, the administration has proposed a fine of $6,428,000 to Lufthansa for their actions. Germany’s five-star flag carrier has 30 days to respond to the FAA regarding the matter.
A Lufthansa A340 landing in San Diego.
The Federal Aviation Administration accused Lufthansa of operating to San Deigo in breach of its operations specification for a period of 431 days from March 22nd 2018 to May 27th 2019. During this period of time, Lufthansa is alleged to have flown an Airbus A340 between Frankfurt and San Diego approximately 300 times in each direction. Furthermore, they are alleged of flying between Frankfurt and Philadelphia about 146 times.
A spokesperson responded to Simple Flying, stating:
“Lufthansa is fully cooperating with the FAA on this matter and will be addressing the regulatory issues involved with the Agency. Lufthansa is globally committed to compliance with all laws and regulations. There are no allegations raised by the FAA that the security or safety of any flights was compromised in any respect. The safety and security of our passengers remain the highest priority of the Lufthansa Group.”
What do you think of this fine? Is it too large, too small, or just right?