Lowestfare Fined Over Airline Code-Sharing Violations

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT) -- Lowestfare.com LLC on Friday became the latest target of the U.S. Department of Transportation's crackdown on airfare agents that did not tell customers a regional carrier would operate their flight on behalf of a major airline.

The DOT hit Lowestfare with a $50,000 civil penalty for violating disclosure requirements that seek to block airlines and ticket agents from concealing code-sharing agreements, under which an airline sells tickets on flights that use its designator code but are actually operated by a separate airline.

DOT rules require airlines...
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