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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @04:06PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12 2022, @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 2022, @03:11AM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday January 13 2022, @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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