The FAA is examining four U.S. airlines and may impose fees if the carriers are found to have violated federal aviation regulations. FAA officials say its industry audit has revealed that three airlines have missed deadlines for inspections, but it declined to name the airlines. Last month, the FAA imposed a record $10.2 million fine against Southwest Airlines after maintenance problems were uncovered.
U.S. carriers are 99% compliant with mandatory FAA airworthiness directives, according to the first phase of an audit by the FAA. However, FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell said there is room for improvement and that the FAA is proposing plans to strengthen the regulatory process.
San Francisco International Airport has installed a new layer of defense against bioterrorism. The Biowatch Indoor Reachback Center is designed to expedite the first response in the event of a bioterror event at the airport.
Delta Air Lines on May 3 will end an agreement with a Mesa Air Group unit. Delta said the Mesa unit did not meet an agreed-upon completion rate, but Mesa contends that Delta bumped some of its flights in order to operate mainline flights. Mesa officials said the termination notice violates the contract.