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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: 2, Insightful) by shrewdsheep on Tuesday January 11, @09:08PM (4 children)

    by shrewdsheep (5215) on Tuesday January 11, @09:08PM (#1211919)

    Ever heard of the broken window fallacy?

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday January 11, @10:07PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday January 11, @10:07PM (#1211944) Journal

    Yes, doesn't matter, does it? People have to get paid, this is how they want to do it. Cynicism is built into the system

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday January 12, @02:51AM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday January 12, @02:51AM (#1212006)

    If there's a steady stream of broken windows, and a billion dollar annual supply chain industry feeding the window repairs, then: magically windows stop breaking for a year, but are most likely going to resume breaking at some point in the future, do you disband the entire industry, retire and retrain the workers, sell the factories, scrap the machinery that can't be repurposed, then spend ten billion dollars over five years rebuilding it all to start supplying replacement windows again when they are needed?

    NASA has this problem with their rocket scientists - the funding tends to be boom and bust, but if you shut the program the workers will move on with their lives and it might take 20 years to rebuild a similar program once the existing one is shutdown.

    Yeah, the planes could be parked, the fuel (and CO2 emissions) could be saved, the factories could be idled and just continue paying salaries to the workers all the way from the hub mechanics to the titanium miners, and that would be better for everyone everywhere - but our management layers aren't that flexible, or smart.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:06PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:06PM (#1212143)

      NASA has this problem with their rocket scientists - the funding tends to be boom and bust, but if you shut the program the workers will move on with their lives and it might take 20 years to rebuild a similar program once the existing one is shutdown.

      This has already been solved in the scientific community. Keep a steady flow of single-use grad students coming through and, when the funding arrives, give a few of them a promotion to $50k/yr on a 2 yr contract + responsibility to deliver the dream. It means only retaining a few permanent managers, sorry professors, to check emails and read the news.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday January 13, @03:11AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday January 13, @03:11AM (#1212302)

        Do post docs get $50k these days?

        I had 12 years experience with a MS, making $100k in 2003 when my company tanked in the 9-11 aftershocks. Asked about doing the work a rotating parade of post-docs had been doing for a colleague. These guys with PhD+5 and up were lucky to get $35k/yr back then. I was shocked, but I guess I made the right choice turning down the PhD TA offer.

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