Frontier Is Charging A Covid Recovery Fee
Frontier Airlines was one of the 10 carriers that participated in the $25 billion Payroll Support Program (PSP) established by the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in 2020.
This year, Frontier Airlines also agreed to additional government support from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Frontier will receive a total of $150.2 million with the first installment of around $75.1 million disbursed on April 29th, 2021. That again comes with limits on involuntary furloughs and layoffs through September 30th, 2021, restrictions on share buybacks and dividends through September 30th, 2021 and restrictions on certain executive compensation until April 1st, 2023.
But all that was still not enough. Now Frontier Airline has a “Covid Recovery Charge” fee. You can see the image below and it is also outlines in the Taxes and Fees section on Frontier’s website.
Covid Recovery Charge: The Covid Recovery Charge offsets added costs to Frontier due to implementing Covid-19 related measures, such as increased sanitation and cleaning onboard the aircraft and in the airport, shields at the ticket counters and gate areas, and personal protective equipment for employees.
We have seen many companies passing on similar charges to customers. It’s understandable that businesses are hurting during these difficult times. But Frontier has already charged customers a Covid Recovery fee in the form of hundreds of millions of dollars from the government bailout. Now customers will have to pay even more with yet another added fee.