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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 11, @07:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the use-it-or-lose-it dept.

Report: Lufthansa Group Confirmed That 18,000 Flights Had Been Flown Empty To Keep Airport Slots - Airlive:

[...] Under these "use it or lose it" regulations, prior to the pandemic carriers had to utilise at least 80pc of their scheduled take-off and landing slots.

This was revised to 50pc as coronavirus saw travel become increasingly difficult – but airlines are still struggling to hit this target.

As a result of Lufthansa Group's latest figures, the Belgian federal government has written to the European Commission, calling for a change to the rules on maintaining slots.


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @07:46PM (13 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @07:46PM (#1211876)

    Set up a lottery for vaccinated people that lets them win a free trip on one of these flights, so the airplanes won't be empty. Bonus: anti-vaxxers will have something new to complain about.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Snotnose on Tuesday January 11, @09:15PM (3 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday January 11, @09:15PM (#1211922)

    I actually like this idea. It costs $x to fly an mt plane from point A to point B. You need $y percent capacity to make a profit. Carrying passengers who aren't paying (e.g. dead weight) really costs you nothing (how much does a, um, pick a plane, any plane. 747). A 747 weighs 400,000 pounds mt carrying 1 average american (250 lbs). We haven't even gotten to the fuel cost. The American is essentially free compared to the fuel/gate fees.

    Average non-American, drop the dead weight by 40 kilos, and the math really doesn't change much. Except for the pounds to kilos, which most 'mericans can't do.

    Turns out it's actually profitable to carry the average American for free from point A to point B to keep your gate slot

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    I think I'm half Spider man and half Batman. Because I have no powers and no money.
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Snotnose on Tuesday January 11, @09:46PM (2 children)

      by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday January 11, @09:46PM (#1211934)

      There I go again. mt = empty, I was a welder in my teen years and it's a habit I can't seem to break in my retirement years.

      for those of you who don't follow me (and really, why would you?) welders mark empty tanks mt. I can't seem to break the habit. My bad, so sorry.

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      I think I'm half Spider man and half Batman. Because I have no powers and no money.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:49PM (#1211968)

        No worries, I just assumed it was some texting slang that slipped in.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:45PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:45PM (#1212135)

        No worries, I just assumed it was another boring asshole thinking everyone's interested in their shitty personal story they tack onto every interaction. My bad.

  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @10:32PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @10:32PM (#1211952)

    Fully vaccinated and even boosted people are the majority of COVID infections now, Einstein. Omicron sees your vaccines and raises.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:04PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:04PM (#1211956)

      Gotta admire the confidence to let everyone know how dumb you are!

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @11:12PM (#1211961)

      What do hospitalization and death rates look like for those groups?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @01:13AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @01:13AM (#1211983)

      You don't know what you're missing out on man. I just had my 15th booster. Vaxx is the only way to fly.

      Alternatively, my bourgeois interests are advanced by waves of sweet Malthusian death, so I got vaccinated so that I could go maskless and spread it to more old, useless proles who just sit on social security leaching my tax dollars.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:50PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:50PM (#1212136)

        > leaching my their tax dollars that they paid into their whole life

        FTFY

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:45AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:45AM (#1212071)

      And it only took vaccinating over 80% of the population to break even. That means the unvaccinated are five times more likely to become infected than vaccinated, which we knew.

  • (Score: 2) by NateMich on Wednesday January 12, @12:22AM (2 children)

    by NateMich (6662) on Wednesday January 12, @12:22AM (#1211975)

    I don't understand the need to bring the vaccines into this. The vaccines aren't preventing the spread of the virus.

    Sure, they help you recover and maybe prevent you from getting seriously ill, but it doesn't make it wise to travel just because you have the vaccine.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:18PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:18PM (#1212147)

      I propose that we limit posting on SoylentNews to those vaccinated against stupidity.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @07:08PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @07:08PM (#1212190)

      "Sure, they help you recover and maybe prevent you from getting seriously ill"

      no they don't, you retarded slave.