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DOT investigating American, Southwest for price gouging

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating four airlines, including American and Southwest for price gouging after an Amtrak train accident shut down the northeast corridor earlier this year. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating four airlines, including American and Southwest for price gouging after an Amtrak train accident shut down the northeast corridor earlier this year. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating several airlines, including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines for possible price gouging following an Amtrak train accident that shut down the northeast corridor earlier this year.

According to Bloomberg News, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters that Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy had asked the agency to investigate and it was not related to the collusion investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice last month.

The airlines swiftly responded to the investigation.

“We have been notified by the DOT that they are conducting an investigation and we will cooperate with that investigation,” Southwest said in a statement.

Fort Worth-based American said it did add capacity along the northeast following the train accident but did not alter its fares..

“In response to the Amtrak derailment we added capacity and our fare structure remained the same,” American said. “We are cooperating with the DOT and are confident there will be no finding of wrong doing by American.”

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