Air Travel forums . The European Union operates a so-called ‘use it or lose it’ rule which means airlines must use 80% of their slots or risk them being taken away. US Airlines Flying Near-Empty Planes Is a “Huge Environmental Waste” A 96 percent drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus restrictions has not been matched by cuts in flights. Preview. Now, some carriers are putting planes back in service to carry freight instead. Get answers to your questions . Airlines are flying empty planes to keep slots during the coronavirus crisis. Source: Pexels.com. Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic says it is being 'forced' to fly nearly empty planes. According to the carrier’s website, so far they only have 27 out of 244 passengers booked for JL16 on the 29th of April – less than two full days from now. Virgin Atlantic has admitted flying planes that are "almost empty" in order to keep take-off and landing slots despite demand plummeting due to the coronavirus. FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020 file photo, a commercial plane flies into a windy, cloudy sky at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Federal regulators are temporarily waiving a rule that has been causing airlines to fly nearly empty planes to avoid losing precious takeoff and landing rights at major airports. By Theo Leggett Business correspondent, BBC News For example, as we reported on this topic previously, one such route is the London Heathrow to Cardiff, Wales flight, which leaves six days a week with a crew but with no passengers on board. Airlines flying empty planes to small Colorado airports plead for OK to cut service. Flying Empty Planes: Some Airlines Balk at Proposed Rules Under Federal Stimulus Package. Graeme Paton, Transport Correspondent. Some planes flying in the sky today are empty. Your message. This has led to some operators flying empty planes into and out of European countries at huge costs, The Times of London reported. This means that, despite the low number of passengers on the planes, the airline companies keep flying. Ask a question Recent Conversations. People aren't flying because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Just how empty are these Japan Airlines flights? The airlines are making the ask … Reply to: Why airlines are flying nearly empty planes from Europe. Colorado's mountain tourist destinations are siding with airlines on temporary cutbacks, but they're fearful long-term loss of service. Chris McGinnis, SFGATE. Airlines are burning thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty 'ghost' planes so they can keep their flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak. Perhaps a fair solution would be to allow airlines to work together to ensure that cities have enough service without multiple airlines flying empty planes. “The evidence suggests that the number of people flying is dropping faster than the flights so there are a lot of empty planes,” he said. The IATA said the EU Commission's suspension of the 80:20 rule helps, but doesn't alleviate the crisis facing the aviation industry. Apr 6th, 2020. It is a signal to airlines that they can stop flying mostly empty planes and still be confident that the emergency rules change will be approved before airport slots are allotted again. Airline Flying Empty Planes Over Atlantic. We were flying in an empty sky. Why Empty Planes Keep Flying Through the Pandemic As coronavirus shuts down travel, flights carrying a handful of passengers might seem absurd, but airlines are often left with no other options "It's absurd to fly empty planes and cause planet-heating emissions that are completely unnecessary," Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace U.K., told CNBC via email on Tuesday. Chris Woodyard. Airlines are flying empty planes because of the coronavirus To keep their take-off and landing slots By Rob Thubron on March 9, 2020, 5:15 14 comments. Ten days shy of my twice-extended landing currency’s expiration, I’d gone to our training center for a few takeoffs and landings to reset the clock. A major US airline has been attacked by environmental campaigners for flying empty planes across the Atlantic to be disinfected. Read our community guidelines. Virgin Atlantic Flying ‘Almost Empty’ Planes As Coronavirus Hits Demand. “Incomprehensible,” said Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM, to NewMobility . USA Today. An empty plane at point A may be rushing to a full house of passengers at point B, who expect to arrive at point C by dinner. All forums . But there is an alternative. On Thursday, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote to Airport Coordination Limited asking for the rules to be suspended during the outbreak to prevent further environmental and economic damage. ... British Airways has been flying planes from Britain to North America this month without a single passenger aboard because of … “The airport was about as empty as the planes were,” said Dennis Raveneau, ... it is unclear how many travelers could have contracted the virus while flying on a commercial plane. It was my first real trip after several months off during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plane looked totally empty,” she told Telegraph Travel. Many airlines are flying empty planes just to keep the slots as the costs of flying empty aircraft are lower than the projected impact of losing the slots. Brussels lets airlines stop flying empty planes amid coronavirus chaos Move will allow airlines to stop flying near-empty planes as demand plummets due to the coronavirus outbreak Today, almost all airlines flying the plane – whether long-haul with the likes of Emirates or short-haul within Japan – have 10 seats, meaning narrower seats and narrower aisles. 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