Airlines Forced to Fly Empty ‘Ghost’ Planes to Keep Their Flight Slots During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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This is completely insane!

Airlines are forced to run empty “ghost” flights during the coronavirus outbreak as European rules force operators to run their allocated flights or risk losing their slots.

Airlines are burning thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty 'ghost' planes so they can keep their flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak
Airlines are burning thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty ‘ghost’ planes so they can keep their flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: BI

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Demand for flights has collapsed worldwide, with one airline-industry group saying the coronavirus outbreak could wipe out up to $113 billion in sales.

Meanwhile airlines have wasted thousands of gallons of fuel running empty “ghost” flights because of European rules saying airlines operating out of the continent must continue to run 80% of their allocated slots or risk losing them to a competitor.

This has led to some operators flying empty planes into and out of European countries at huge costs.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote to flight regulators demanding that the “use it or lose it” rules be suspended to stop the ghost flights to prevent further environmental and economic damage, adding:

I am particularly concerned that, in order to satisfy the 80/20 rule, airlines may be forced to fly aircraft at very low load factors, or even empty, in order to retain their slots. Such a scenario is not acceptable. It is not in the industry’s, the passengers’ or the environment’s interest and must be avoided.

The rules already have been suspended for flights to and from Hong Kong and mainland China. However, they remain for all other flights. More economic collapse news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [The Times]

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Well why not close all destinations and call medical Martial Law sooner. Other wise we will see deaths in North America goes to millions in less than 5 weeks. My relative taking cruise line to Mexico flights are 49.95 and cruise are 320 each? Why people are so much do not care. I am sneezing from today and i will keep posted things , my temperature is 99.1 So i am under colloidal silver now and drink 2 tea spoons of it i make daily. I hope is just another low flue .
    When Quism Solimani of terrorist was killed a team of Israelis and USA took his photos to be taken for prof that high value targets are dead. At that time injected all bodies with COVOID-19 and that is why when their cascades went to cities in Iraq and Iran people kiss it so now highest causality than CHINA, Seoul will be Iran 4Million Deaths by end of Iranian
    New Year?Unless people of Iran riots end regime ASAP? Khamanie Terrorist is hidden in the underground base and ready to leave country in case of a COUP in IRAN?

  2. “30% to 50% of people in Tehran get corona by the end of March”In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic in the country, infectious disease specialists are now reporting an increase in the number of people coming to treatment centers, which has raised concerns about the circulation of the coronavirus. The coincidence of coronavirus outbreaks with the season of the common cold and the second wave of influenza B on the one hand and the narrow border between the symptoms of these three viral diseases have made people associate any signs and symptoms with coronas. In this situation of the Kovid Virus 4 epidemic, people don’t know if they have a cold, get the flu or really have a coronary. According to Dr. Massoud Mardani, an infectious disease specialist and a member of the National Influenza Committee, these days fears of coronary disease are raising the level of anxiety among the population as people go to many health centers on the pretext of breathing.

    The symptoms of colds are mild, usually fever below 5 degrees, and body temperature rarely reaches above 2 degrees, says the infectious disease specialist about the differences between the common cold, the flu and the Covid virus. Colds are associated with a gradual onset of symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, coughing and runny nose, but the king is symptomatic of runny nose and sneezing.

    I was first reporter told you can read it documented that there will not be an election in USA. If 50 % of Tehran get Corona soon then do you think there will be in election in USA under Military Rule. Donald Trump will be last president. If there will be an election must go from start again and people need to vote again if Military Martial Law and Tanks in North America removed, which i have many doubts. What do you think please
    expand on my projections.

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