Frontier Airlines says it has abandoned the "Covid recovery charge" it began assessing in May. The move came on June 23, one day after the charge received widespread publicity.
"The charge, which was included in the airline's total promoted fare versus an add-on fee, was meant to provide transparency and delineate what portion of the fare was going toward Covid-related business recovery, including repayment of a Cares Act loan from the U.S. government," Frontier spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said. "However, to avoid misinterpretation, the airline will discontinue the practice of breaking out this category within its overall promoted fares."
The Covid recovery charge was $1.59 per flight segment. The Taxes and Fees section of the Frontier website says the charge offsets costs incurred by Frontier to implement Covid-19 related measures, such as increased cleaning and sanitation in airports and on planes, as well as installing shields at gate counters and providing personal protective equipment to employees.
De la Cruz did not say whether Frontier would absorb the $1.59-per-segment Covid recovery charge or simply add that cost back into ticket prices.
The carrier has received $422 million in federal payroll support during the pandemic.
The Covid recovery charge was first reported by the Miles to Memories blog on June 22.