Many European airline companies are flying ghost planes, to make sure that they don’t lose their flying slots. Which means that planes with no passengers on board are flying across Europe so that the fleet doesn’t stay on ground. You want to know why? Read on.
Why Is It Happening?
Due to the Coronavirus scare, the demand for air travel has dropped drastically. This in turn has affected flight operations and business in a massive way. As tourists are now avoiding travel due to various advisories that have been issued by the different governments from across the globe, the travel industry is facing a large hit.
However, the existing European rules have asked these airline companies to continue to ‘run at least 80% of their operations’ to make sure that they still have a strong hold on their slots. If they fail to do so, they will end up losing these flying slots to their competitors.
What Is This Resulting In?
In order to maintain their flight slots, European airlines are flying ‘ghost planes’. This means that there are no passengers on board, and thousands of gallons of jet fuel is being wasted. Not only is this not economical, but it is also resulting in unnecessary environment damage as well. The regulatory bosses have tried to appeal to the authorities, to look into it.
Recently, it was reported the current Coronavirus scare has lead to the worst shock that the tourism industry has faced ever since the 9/11 attacks. Hoping that it bounces back soon… until then, be safe, travel safe!