Ghost Flights & CoronaVirus

Ziggy

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Ever sit at the airport for hours and watch as dozens of planes landed, knowing that any minute your long wait was finally over - you finally were 1-5 or Front of Queue ... your ride (hopefully long ride) was just a few minutes away ... here comes your ping. *And then nothing ... 14 flights landed an hour ago and 12 more landed 30 minutes ago ... but barely any cars left the TNC lot, not even X was rolling ... WTF???

<<< Summary >>>
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking steps to reduce the number of ghost flights in the air.

The federal agency announced that it would temporarily be waiving minimum slot use requirements at U.S. airports. This will allow airlines to cancel flights without fear of losing their slots at congested or busy airports. Airlines have seen a downturn in business amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

In a press release, the FAA stated that they would waive the requirement through May 31 of this year, and the change will apply to both domestic and foreign airlines. It also announced that the agency will continue to monitor the coronavirus impact on travel and "may adjust this waiver as circumstances warrant."

The New York Post recently reported on how the minimum slot use regulation, also known as the "80/20 rule," was causing airlines to fly empty planes, or "ghost flights," in order to maintain their slots.

>>> Source - https://www.foxnews.com/travel/faa-suspends-ghost-flight-rule-coronavirus <<<

On a positive note - while the wait at the queue isn't going to get shorter anytime soon, at least the planes coming in will have pax

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