DOT Fines Vision Airlines For Charter Violations | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

DOT Fines Vision Airlines For Charter Violations

Penalty Assessed For Flight Cancellations Related To Direct Air’s Shutdown

The DOT has assessed a $50,000 penalty against Vision Airlines for violating rules that protect passengers when their public charter flights are suddenly canceled and ordered the carrier to cease and desist from further violations.

Vision Airlines was one of several carriers operating flights for Direct Air, a charter operator also known as Myrtle Beach Direct Air & Tours, which ceased operating in March.  Direct Air arranged charters from a number of cities in the Midwest and Northeast to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and cities in Florida. Public charters differ from scheduled flights in that they operate only for a specific time period and are usually sold by a charter operator rather than an airline.  DOT has specific rules applying to public charters, including a requirement that the charter operator have a security arrangement, such as a bond or letter of credit and an escrow account to protect consumers’ money if a flight is canceled.  There is also a ban on canceling flights less than 10 days before departure unless it is physically impossible to operate the flight.
 
“Airline passengers should be able to book their trips without having to worry about a last-minute cancellation or being stranded away from home,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “DOT will continue to take enforcement action against airlines and charter operators when they violate our airline consumer protection rules.”
 
Vision Airlines stopped flying charters for Direct Air on March 13, 2012, when Direct Air ceased operations.  Numerous passengers did not receive the service for which they paid Direct Air when Vision Airlines cancelled the remaining flights it was scheduled to operate for Direct Air. In assessing its fine against Vision Airlines, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office found the carrier violated rules prohibiting the cancellation of public charter flights less than 10 days before their scheduled departure.  In addition, Vision failed to ensure return flights for all round-trip passengers who used it for the outbound leg of their trips.
 
This is the third penalty issued by the Department related to the Direct Air program.  On October 2, the Department assessed a $300,000 penalty against Xtra Airways, and on July 27, the Department assessed a $180,000 penalty against World Atlantic Airlines, other carriers operating flights for Direct Air.  The Department is continuing to investigate Direct Air’s shutdown. 

FMI: www.dot.gov/airconsumer/service-cessations-bankruptcy.

 


Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.25.16: Canada SeaPlane Regs, Blimp Downed, Citation Longitude Mated

Also: USAF Hassled, Hummel UltraCruiser, Helo Limits, FAA Video, Greg Connell Accident, Medical Helo Suit, Bombardier's 100th VistaJet Canada is proposing changes to their seaplane>[...]

Icon Steps Back, Admits Curtailed Production Plan

Finally Talking (And Still Hyping), Icon Production Plans Take A Big Hit The following is the text of a release from Icon Aircraft (bluster and all)... ANN Analysis and industry re>[...]

Solar Impulse 2 Is En Route To Lehigh Valley, PA

Atlantic Crossing Next Major Hurdle Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) departed Dayton (OH) International Airport with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, this morning at 0402 local time (UTC-4).>[...]

Icon Controversy Continues, But Icon Has Yet To Speak Up

The Company That Won't Answer Questions, May Finally Have To Do So ANN has been bombarded with info and reports concerning the health and well-being of the Icon Aircraft program...>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.16)

Safety Management System (SMS) This FAA website was created as a public resource for those seeking to learn more about SMS within the aviation industry and the FAA.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC