"Lufthansa confirmed that 18,000 flights had been flown empty to keep slots"
it's a shame. the whole world is trying to limit itself and 'we' are doing exactly the opposite. 😞🤔
@kranfahrer insanity that they don't come to some agreement like "I will pay you $X to keep my slot" instead of actually-flying-a-fucking-plane....
however, the European Union distributes take-off and landing rights, so-called slots, according to the "use or lose" principle. If the slots are not used, they are lost.
yes, it's a shitty practice and extremely idiotic.🤦♂️
@kranfahrer well, I get that -- but "in these times" we've made all kinds of quick decisions: why not here, too? (like "for the next 6 months, instead of flying a real-actual plane, you can pay $X instead").
...but, hey, we built a consuming machine and it must be fed, so :shrug:
@Gargron Then those big corporations and governments keep telling us to have a shower in less than five minutes, consume less, not to travel, not to have an automobile etc.
@Gargron people responsible should be trialed , convicted and locked up. We've had enough of this bullshit.
@Gargron If they're going to do that, why not move freight around while they do it? They'd be making money, if nothing else.
@aral How have regulators not relaxed rules?
As I think about this, a few possibilities occur:
The costs of lobbying regulators exceeds the costs of operating 18,000 flights. I find this ... unlikely.
Lufthansa calculated that by not lobbying for relaxed regulations and flying to preserve its own slots, it could enter into a war of attrition with other airlines, some of whom would have to sacrifice their own slots. The more I think of this, the more likely it seems to me.
The situation might have emerged over sufficienlty long time and with sufficient uncertainty as to not make the total costs clear.
I'd suspect that other major carriers might have come to similar conclusions and either not lobbied for relaxation or lobbied to retain slot-use requirements, again, for adversarial advantage.
I'm not sure what other explanations exist. I would expect that even "empty" flights would have had some cargo or similar component (training and flight-crew skills mainenance might be another benefit). But to the tune of 18,000 flights seems ... extreme.
covid economy environmental idiocy
This is one of those things that makes me never want to hear about individual contributions to climate change again
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