The United Airlines-Port Authority saga has been rerouted once again. In the latest chapter in the convoluted story about power and influence and possible corruption, the airline’s chief counsel, Brett Hart, was named CEO, succeeding recently appointed Oscar Munoz, who had a heart attack last Friday.
Munoz had been named to replace former CEO Jeff Smisek in the face of a federal probe of United Airline’s relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – including whether the airline, in exchange for being charged lower fees at Newark Liberty International Airport, set up a special flight route for David Samson, Christie's former Port Authority chairman.
While Munoz has been not linked to alleged corruption being investigated by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, he was directly involved in negotiations over the lowered fees.
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