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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 11 2022, @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: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:14PM (8 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:14PM (#1211890)

    If they let their slots lapse, then by the rules BOZOAIR will be able to come in and take the open slots and the carriers who have reliably serviced the routes for decades will not be allowed to regain the slots when business recovers. By the rules. The over simple rules that never considered something like a long term temporary dramatic downturn in air travel.

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  • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:25PM

    by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:25PM (#1211898)

    And then, like the worst "Slot Trolls" sell them back to Lufthansa for $Profit.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:27PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @08:27PM (#1211900)

    Damn, if only the rule weren't set in stone millennia ago... wait, rules? not commandments? so like we can change them? hmm...

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @10:16PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @10:16PM (#1211947)

      so like we can change them?

      Um, this is Europe. It's easier to emigrate

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @11:50PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @11:50PM (#1211969)

        As long as you are the right color, I suppose. I've saw the great welcome you guys rolled out for those people coming up from Greece.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @12:55AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @12:55AM (#1211980)

          Welcome to America!

          Love your gyros!

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday January 12 2022, @03:50AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday January 12 2022, @03:50AM (#1212019)

      Yeah, like we change all the rules every 4 years when a new figurehead is installed in the Oval office and he swings his big phallic symbol on the executive orders... except, that's all theater, things change more slowly in the real world.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by DrkShadow on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:24PM

    by DrkShadow (1404) on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:24PM (#1211925)

    Then you're saying that another airline _is_ servicing this route, and justifiably needs the routes?

    Whatever shall we do....

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @04:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @04:10PM (#1212145)

    > never considered something like a long term temporary dramatic downturn in air travel

    The whole industry is based on boom and bust. Literally the whole thing is boom and bust. Plus me likey the boom boom.