GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (FAM) – The parent company of United Airlines will pay USD$2.4 million to settle charges it restarted a loss-making route so that a public official could get more convenient flights.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said the airline reinstated a nonstop flight between Newark and Columbia, SC, at the behest of David Samson, the then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who sought a more direct route to his home in South Carolina.