Frontier Airlines announced on Wednesday that it would waive fees it had recently started charging customers in a bid to “offset additional costs” related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Frontier Airlines has made the decision to waive its Covid recovery fee of $ 1.59 per passenger per segment that was implemented in May,” a Frontier spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.
The fees were included in the airline’s total promotional fare versus additional fees and “were intended to ensure transparency and delineate the portion of the fare intended for the resumption of Covid-related activities,” the door added. -speak. “However, to avoid any misinterpretation, the airline will end the practice of allocating this category in its overall promotional fares. “
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The Frontier website said some of the measures the charge was supposed to offset include “increased sanitation and cleaning on board the aircraft and at the airport, shields at counters and gates, and personal protective equipment for employees ”.
It was not clear when the COVID-19 charge would end.
The airline industry – which has limped last year and continues to lose money – has slowly rebounded as more Americans are vaccinated and feel safe to fly and as more Americans are vaccinated. restrictions are relaxed.
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Two weeks ago, the Transportation Security Administration announced that 2.03 million travelers had been screened at airport checkpoints for the first time since early March 2020.
The figure was only 74% of the volume compared to the same day in 2019, but up 1.5 million travelers compared to the same day last year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.