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"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. ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿค”
Things like these should be solved ASAP.
"Fuck the environment! I need me those airport slots!" -- Lufthan$a
people responsible should be trialed , convicted and locked up. We've had enough of this bullshit.
this is quite literally the definition of insanity!
If they're going to do that, why not move freight around while they do it? They'd be making money, if nothing else.
How are these people not behind bars?
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.

I read before that rules were actually relaxed last year for a limited time so you could skip the filler flights, but for whatever reason this year it wasn't extended. Maybe they thought the pandemic was blowing over and people would fly again.
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Because only dictatorships put people in prison for things that aren't illegal?
This is one of those things that makes me never want to hear about individual contributions to climate change again
@F1RUM Well that accounts for a lot of carbon. My tower project doesnโ€™t look so bad now eh? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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