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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:48AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:48AM (#1212073)

    As stated in the headline (do people even read those anymore?) these flights were required to keep their airport landing slots. Those slots are strictly 'use it or lose it' and losing your slot means that you can't land at that airport anymore. I shouldn't need to say why losing access to a major hub is a Bad Thing™.

  • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Wednesday January 12, @03:12PM (1 child)

    by deimtee (3272) on Wednesday January 12, @03:12PM (#1212117) Journal

    That is not some unbreakable natural law of the universe. Its an administrative rule that could be easily adjusted. Certainly be a lot cheaper and more environmentally friendly to modify a rule than to make 18000 unnecessary flights.

    No problem is insoluble, but at Ksp = 2.943×10−25 Mercury Sulphide comes close.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:58PM (#1212139)

      Wouldn't it be better to make 18000 unnecessary rules to ensure the right people get paid?