Cleveland airport to pay $200K fine over snow, ice removal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to settle Federal Aviation Administration complaints that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had failed to maintain adequate staffing to clear runways of snow and ice.

The FAA proposed a $735,000 fine last September after investigations concluded the airport had failed numerous times to keep runways and taxiways clear of snow and ice over a 15-month period ending in March 2015. The FAA has agreed to waive the balance of the $735,000 fine if Cleveland maintains adequate staffing for its snow removal crews and meets other requirements.

The FAA has said that unsafe runways caused pilots to divert to other airports after they refused to land at Hopkins.

Hopkins’ interim director says the airport has worked closely with the FAA to address problems.