CLE to pay $200,000 fine for FAA violations at Hopkins - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

CLE to pay $200,000 fine for FAA violations at Hopkins

Hopkins Airport fined and agree to settlement after Cleveland 19 News investigation (Source: WOIO) Hopkins Airport fined and agree to settlement after Cleveland 19 News investigation (Source: WOIO)
Fred Szabo, Interim Dir. Hopkins Airport. (Source: WOIO) Fred Szabo, Interim Dir. Hopkins Airport. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay $200,000 in a settlement with the FAA on violations at Hopkins Airport.

The initial fine was $735,000 but city was able to negotiate with FAA to the $200,000 figure.

The FAA fined the airport in September of last year for unsafe runways and under-staffing during several winter snow events.

Cleveland 19 News reporter Scott Taylor was the first to break the story and discovered that Hopkins is under-staffing its runways during the winter months, according to an FAA agreement.

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Hopkins released the following statement Tuesday: 

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over four open winter related investigations that were filed last year. The FAA fined the airport $735,000 at the close of their investigation after which CLE entered into negotiations with the FAA and jointly agreed on a lower fine of $200,000.

"Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has been working closely with the FAA during the past year in order to address the issues raised in past snow seasons," said Interim Director Fred Szabo. "We are pleased that our partnership with the FAA has helped to strengthen our overall snow removal operation."

Since the violations that led to the initial fine, CLE has made significant improvements including increased staffing and the purchase of new snow removal vehicles. Additionally, CLE pledged to continue to work with the FAA to evaluate and improve future Snow and Ice Removal Plans, upgrades to the snow removal fleet and a facility to house the upgraded fleet's equipment.

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