Airline Price Increases After Amtrak Wreck Probed by U.S.

July 24, 2015

The Obama administration is investigating whether five U.S. airlines unfairly raised ticket prices after a fatal Amtrak wreck in May disrupted Northeast passenger rail service, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday.

The Transportation Department wrote to Delta Air Lines Inc., American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp. seeking fare and passenger information from April 28 to May 27.

“There were a flurry of concerns raised” after the Amtrak crash, Foxx said at an event in Washington sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “They allegedly raised fees beyond what you’d normally expect along the Northeast Corridor while Amtrak was down.”

 Passenger service between Washington and New York, Amtrak’s busiest route, was suspended for more than five days after a train traveling at twice the speed limit near Philadelphia derailed on May 12, killing eight passengers and injuring more than 200 others.
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