DfT reinstates 70% slot use rule from end of March…

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DfT reinstates 70% slot use rule from end of March…

DfT reinstates 70% slot use rule from end of March – with some flexibility for future Covid impacts
2022-01-24 23:10:00
The Department for Transport has announced that airlines will have to hand back airport take-off and landing slots if they were not used 70% of the time from March 27th, for the summer period, up from the current threshold of 50%. Before Covid, airlines had to use 80% of their slots, or risk losing them. This limit was removed entirely for the first part of the pandemic, but reverted to 50% use. Airlines have warned they will be forced to run empty or half-empty and polluting “ghost flights”  in order to meet the 70% limit, even if there is not enough demand for flights. This makes no sense, in terms of trying to reduce carbon emissions from the sector. However, the DfT has said there will be more flexibility, so airlines will be allowed to miss the 70% limit if there are real Covid travel restrictions in future, limiting travel.  Airports like Gatwick are keen to have a high slot use requirement, so airlines that can  not meet the quota have to relinquish slots to others – thus new airlines can start up routes. But for the airlines, high slot use requirements mean losing money – and higher CO2 emissions. They are against the re-imposition of high slot use requirements. .Tweet   Government supports aviation sector recovery with airport slot alleviation for summer 2022 Move gives aviation sector flexibility and protects environment as airlines will not have to operate ghost flights to retain airport slots. From: Department for Transport, Robert Courts MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP Published   24 January 2022 government extends alleviation of airport slots usage rules with adjusted ratio of 70:30 for the summer 2022 season   [The summer season begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.] airlines will have to use their slots 70% of the time to retain their rights to them, providing support as demand for flights continues to returns to pre-pandemic levels change provides further support for aviation sector recovery, increases flexibility and protects the environment as airlines will not have to operate carbon-inefficient ‘ghost flights’ to retain their slots where markets are substantively closed The UK government has today (24 January 2022) laid regulations before Parliament that will extend the airport slots rules alleviation for the upcoming summer season, supporting the aviation industry as demand for international travel returns. Airlines will need to use their slots 70% of the time in order to keep them, but will also benefit from added flexibility over when they are justified not to use them, for example, where a market is substantively closed. If this alleviation wasn’t provided, the usage threshold would default back to 80:20 with no additional flexibility on justified non-use, increasing the risk of ghost flights. Following a period of consultation with the sector, the extension of alleviation from slots rules will further support its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as air travel returns to normal levels. This aims to balance the need for continued suppo

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