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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: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @10:52AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @10:52AM (#1212064)

    two million square metres

    Just imagine how many square feet that is! Don't even try imagining the number in square inch, it gets too scary.
    On the other hand, it's just 374 football fields (including "end zones", I'm not sure if that's how you measure in FFs).
    Or 2 square kilometers (you know, the measuring unit for areas anything bigger than a backyard).
    But "2" is boring. Who likes reading boring stuff?!

    1.67e-07 (0.00000017 or 0.000017 percent) of the Arctic ice pack surface (12.19 million square kilometers, https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/) [nsidc.org]
    The lost volume (or mass) percentage, is much much much lower than that (because the lost surface is where the ice was very thin).
    I can't calculate that precisely, but I'd say Lufthansa won't be able to melt it all before the Sun burns out.

    So Lufthansa flying empty doesn't affect global warning almost at all. Similar, the difference between people owning/driving SUVs vs. compact cars. I don't have a SUV because of the too high cost/benefit (and because SUV owners tend to be assholes and I don't want to look like one of them); doesn't have anything to do with global warming.

    Global warming is caused by energy "production" (electricity and heating) and big industry. People could reduce "big industry" by changing their lifestyle (buy less fancy stuff); this is going to happen sometime after the Sun burns out. Energy production could be greener for instance by switching to nuclear; for this to happen, people have to get to be wiser than "I don't mind driving around" (high risk of dying), "Perhaps I'm a bit anxious when I get into an airplane" (low risk of dying), "I don't want nuclear because it's dangerous" (very low risk of dying).

    if we follow the historical trend

    people won't be wiser even after the Sun burns out.

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