FAA Proposes $6.4 Million Civil Penalty Against Lufthansa

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $6,428,000 civil penalty against Deutsche Lufthansa for allegedly conducting almost 900 flights that were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges Lufthansa operated the flights into and out of San Diego International and Philadelphia International airports when it knew it lacked FAA authorization to do so.

Foreign airlines can only conduct scheduled flights into and out of airports that are listed in their FAA-issued Operations Specifications, and the FAA alleges neither airport was in Lufthansa’s Operations Specifications.

Between March 22, 2018, and May 27, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 600 flights with Airbus 340 aircraft from Frankfurt International Airport to San Diego, and from San Diego to Frankfurt.

Between Oct. 28, 2018, and April 10, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 292 flights with Airbus 330-300 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft from Frankfurt to Philadelphia, and from Philadelphia to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa has 30 days after receiving the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.

When approached by the Aviation Tribune for comment, Lufthansa’s spokesperson said:

“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.”

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