FAA accuses Lufthansa of 900 unapproved flights, urges $6.4M fine
Lufthansa is facing an over $6.4 million reaching fine after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accused the airline of operating around 900 flights to and from the United States without having full permits to do so. The German carrier’s spokesperson claims safety was never compromised and that the airline is “fully cooperating” with the regulator.
The FAA alleges Lufthansa conducted almost 900 flights into and out of San Diego and Philadelphia that were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, according to a statement issued on November 27, 2019. The authority claims the airline was well aware it was breaching the rules.
Lufthansa allegedly breached the rules on two instances, including the spring of 2018 and, more recently, autumn of 2019. Lufthansa carried out approximately 600 flights with an Airbus A340 aircraft between Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) in Germany and San Diego International Airport (SAN) in the United States during the period spanning from March 22, 2019, and May 27, 2019, the FAA states.
In addition, the German flag carrier conducted 292 flights with an Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 747-400 between Frankfurt and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) between October 28, 2018 and April 10, 2019, according to the U.S. authority.
“Lufthansa is fully cooperating with the FAA on this matter and will be addressing the regulatory issues involved with the Agency,” Lufthansa’s spokesperson Boris Ogursky told AeroTime News. According to him, the airline was globally committed to compliance with all laws and regulations.
The security or safety of any flights was never compromised in any respect, Ogursky also stated, adding that safety and security of their passengers remained the highest priority of the Lufthansa Group.
Foregin airlines operating scheduled flights in and out of the United States are issued with Operations Specifications by the FAA. Airlines can only operate in airports that are listed in their Operations Specifications. In this case, San Diego and Philadelphia airports were not on Lufthansa’s list, the FAA alleges. The airline is given 30 days to respond to FAA’s civil penalty letter.
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