Transportation Department Fines Emirates for Unauthorized Code-Share Flights

$1.8 million penalty levied for ongoing violations of safety rules on JetBlue-coded routes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently fined Emirates Airlines $1.8 million for code-share violations on flights to and from the U.S. An investigation found that, between December 2021 and August 2022, Emirates operated numerous flights carrying “JetBlue Airways’ designator code” in airspace prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration for U.S. carriers. This action violated the terms of Emirates’ operating authority and conducted passenger flights without the proper department approval.

Emirates had previously been fined $400,000 in October 2020 for similar code-share violations when it operated JetBlue-coded flights over Iranian airspace which is closed to American operators.

The department ordered Emirates to cease further violation and charged the airline for deliberately violating both a previous consent order and engaging in unpermitted international passenger services. Aviation regulators will continue to closely monitor airline operations and enforce rules to ensure safety.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Whitaker to be discerning as he heads the FAA.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg and transportation officials as they enforce federal regulations.

Sources: Department of Transportation


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