Continental Airlines to cancel flights rather than receive fines
Continental Airlines CEO, Jeff Smisek, stated the carrier plans to cancel flights rather that risk receiving fines from the DOT for delaying passengers for more than three hours without letting them off the aircraft (Associated Press, 09-Mar-2010). Mr Smisek stated the new regulation will result in passengers having more difficulty getting to destinations, as carriers will cut flights, leaving remaining services more crowded and resulting in less chances of being able to rebook. [more - Perspective]
Continental Airlines: “[Many passengers on delayed flights] really want to go to LA or Mumbai, but the government by God says, 'We're going to fine you $27,500.' Here's what we're going to do: We're going to cancel the flight,” Jeff Smisek, CEO. Source: Associated Press, 09-Mar-2010.