WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department put U.S. airlines on
notice that its rules for fare advertisements apply to press
releases as well as ads.
The policy came after the DOT detected a Delta Air Lines press
release that appeared on the carrier's Web site earlier this year,
promoting a "Companions Fly Free" fare without mentioning a fuel
In a related move, the DOT imposed a $12,000 fine on Delta for
ads that promoted Washington-Orlando fares without identifying a $3
passenger facility charge. Full payment is due immediately.
In other DOT news:
* The Transportation Department approved plans by Northwest
Airlines to launch three weekly flights between Minneapolis/St.
Paul and Hong Kong starting Oct. 1. At the same time, the DOT
withdrew the designation of Detroit as a gateway for Hong Kong
services. Northwest had held dormant rights out of Detroit.
* The DOT cleared Air Aruba and Surinam Airways to share codes
in the Miami-Aruba-Paramaribo market. Air Aruba will carry
Surinam's code on the Miami-Aruba segment, and Surinam will carry
Air Aruba's code on its Aruba-Paramaribo flights.