How much does it cost for an airline to turn the plane around?
Fuel, maintenance, ground crew, replacement flight crew, re-catering, passenger compensation for the delay and so on. Turning a plane around can cost an airline well over $100 K. This is the sum an unruly passenger was ordered to Hawaiian Airlines pay by the court.
US federal court has ordered a Hawaiian Airlines passenger to pay the airline $97.817 for disturbing the flight. The passenger named James August was drunk on the flight from Honolulu to New York. He was disrupting and threatening flight attendants as well as his own family members, causing the flight to be returned to Honolulu so that he can be arrested, Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.
The incident, which happened in November 2016, cost the airline almost $100K for fuel, ground crew, re-catering, maintenance, replacement flight crew, reseating passengers on other flights. And this is not including meal vouchers for the delayed passengers that totaled additional $46,900.