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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: 4, Interesting) by Snotnose on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:15PM (3 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday January 11 2022, @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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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Snotnose on Tuesday January 11 2022, @09:46PM (2 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday January 11 2022, @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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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @11:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @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 2022, @03:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @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.