Direct Air carrier fined $300,000

A carrier operating flights for Direct Air, the sole carrier at Worcester Regional Airport until it shut down in March, has been fined $300,000 by the US Department of Transportation for violating rules to protect passengers when public charter flights are canceled at the last minute.

Xtra Airways, based in Boise, Idaho, stopped flying charters for Direct Air on March 13, after Direct Air failed to pay Xtra Airways, and many passengers were stranded at airports around the country. The parent company of Direct Air then declared bankruptcy, leaving Worcester with no scheduled service.

Xtra Airways could not immediately be reached for comment. In July, the Transportation Department fined World Atlantic Airlines, another Direct Air carrier, $180,000 for the same violation.

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