Are airline fines working? Flight cancellations are down, but ...
The Department of Transportation claims record fines are keeping airline cancellations low
Airlines canceled just 1.6 percent of domestic flights during the first nine months of the year, a sharp drop from the 2.8 percent cancellation rate a year ago.
Why? The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which released the figures this morning, believes it knows. The government slapped a record number of fines on U.S. airlines after last year's cancellations.
But is that the real reason?
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