EU Rule Suspension Will End “Ghost Plane” Flights

Agence France-Presse reports:

The EU agreed on Friday to suspend requirements that oblige airlines to use at least 80% of their take-off and landing slots in order to keep them the following year until Oct. 24 due to the aviation industry crisis unleashed by coronavirus.

“This slot waiver will provide the necessary flexibility and certainty for our aviation industry in this unprecedented situation. Nobody wants empty planes in the sky … “ said Croatia’s transport minister, Oleg Butkovic, whose country is currently president of the European Council.

Airlines had been flying “ghost planes” without passengers in order hold onto their slots.