Cleveland airport fined $735,000 for creating unsafe runways

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration has fined Cleveland Hopkins International Airport $735,000 for creating unsafe conditions on runways during snowstorms.

The agency handed down the fine to the airport for violating an agreement stating that Hopkins would adequately staff snow removal teams and de-ice runways during storms.

The FAA found the violations led to snow and ice accumulating on the runways, causing pilots to refuse to land and diverting arrivals to other airports.

FAA officials said in a notice sent Monday that federal law permits them to impose penalties of up to $27,500 per violation, but that they would accept $735,000 to settle the issue.

A city spokesman said Tuesday that officials have been involved in ongoing discussions with the FAA throughout this process.

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