The charge is intended to offset costs such as “increased sanitation and cleaning on board the aircraft and in the airport, shields at counters and gates, and personal protective equipment for employees” , according to the airline’s website.
The airline said in a statement to ABC News that the $ 1.59 fee was implemented in May and applied to bookings per passenger and per segment.
“The CRC is already added to the total fare promoted on FlyFrontier.com, so it’s not an unexpected charge later in the booking process,” a Frontier Airlines spokesperson explained.
“Low cost airlines have always been the most adventurous in testing new fees,” Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights and author of “Take More Vacations” told ABC News. “And Frontier’s COVID Recovery supplement is true to form. While this supplement is unlikely to be replicated by other airlines, the big question is whether another supplement will cause some Frontier customers to book elsewhere. “
In May 2020, Frontier was criticized by lawmakers for offering to charge additional passengers to ensure the middle seat next to them would be empty.
Democratic lawmakers Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., And Rep. Jesús García, D-Ill., Sent a letter to Frontier CEO Barry Biffle, calling the policy of guarantee of the intermediate seats of the airline of “scandalous.” given the spread of the coronavirus ”insisting that“ the flying public should not be charged extra for staying healthy on flights ”. The proposed charges have been waived.
“We recognize the concerns raised that we take advantage of security and that was never our intention,” Biffle said in a letter to lawmakers at the time. “We just wanted to offer our customers an option for more space. “
Alex Stone reports for ABC News Radio: