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Friday, July 27, 2012

DOT Fines World Atlantic Airlines $180,000

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday issued a $180,000 fine to World Atlantic Airlines for violating passenger protection regulations after their public charter flights were suddenly canceled.



World Atlantic stopped flying charters for Myrtle Beach Direct Airs & Tours after a dispute over payments owed to World Atlantic for previous flights. Direct Air ceased operations in March, but the DOT is fining World Atlantic for failing to provide notice of their decision to stop flying charters for Direct Air.

The DOT’s Department of Aviation Enforcement Office said World Atlantic violated rules requiring them to be paid prior to operating a public charter flight and for cancelling flights less than 10 days prior to their scheduled departure.

“Our public charter rules are designed to protect consumers from sudden cancellations and being stranded away from home with no return flight,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will continue to hold airlines and charter operators accountable when they fail to respect the rights of charter passengers.” 

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