A United Airlines jet blows snow on a runway at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Bloomberg) — Major winter storms aren’t just a colossal hassle for airlines and their passengers—airports have a huge job when it comes to monitoring their runways and keeping them cleared. Failing to do so can prove very expensive, as airport executives in Detroit and Cleveland learned recently. 

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday proposed a $200,000 civil penalty against the Detroit airport related to the icy conditions of a runway last November. That case comes two months after the agency hit Cleveland with $735,000 in proposed fines, accusing airport officials of not keeping runways safe and clear over a 15-month period through March 2015.

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