The government is fining Delta Air Lines Inc. $750,000 for bumping some passengers involuntarily, without offering compensation or seeking volunteers first. Airlines sometimes sell too many tickets for a flight, and have to "bump" some or move them to a later flight. If travelers don't volunteer, the airline has to compensate them.
Though some of these routes are federally subsidized, Delta not only will stop flights but also plans to retire the fleet of planes used for these cities. Four of the affected cities are in Alabama and Mississippi, with the remainder in the northern Midwest.
Delta says it wants to be a part of future consolidation in the airline industry. The Atlanta-based airline’s top executive told an investors conference Wednesday that the company needs to be “flexible enough to participate” in “future opportunities”.