There were an average of 500 “ghost flight” international departures…

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There were an average of 500 “ghost flight” international departures…

There were an average of 500 “ghost flight” international departures from UK between October and December 2021
2022-03-31 09:06:00
In February, Alex Sobel MP obtained information from the DfT and CAA, to a parliamentary question, on “ghost flights.”  There had been almost 15,000 “ghost flights” that took off from the 32 UK airports between March 2020 and September 2021. That only includes international departures, not the arrivals or any domestic flights.  There were an average of 760 ghost flights a month over the period. Now more recent data shows that, despite more air travel and fewer Covid restrictions, almost 500 “ghost flights” a month departed from the UK airports between October and December 2021. A ghost flight is one with fewer than 10% of passenger load capacity.  The government relaxed the “use it or lose it” slot use rule during the pandemic, so airlines no longer had to use 80% of their slots. It was then increased to 50% use and from 27th March 2022 it reverted to 70% use. Though some low capacity flights can be explained, the vast majority cannot be justified, in terms of carbon emissions. The government needs to review its policy on ghost flights, especially the aviation industry claims it is aiming to be “net zero” for carbon. .Tweet   Ghost flights from UK running at 500 a month, data reveals Exclusive: MPs criticise ‘climate-degrading’ and ‘nefarious’ practice of flying near-empty planes By  Damian Carrington Environment editor (The Guardian)  @dpcarrington Thu 31 Mar 2022 Almost 500 “ghost flights” a month departed from the UK between October and December 2021, data has revealed. The information, obtained through a freedom of information request by the Guardian, shows Heathrow, Aberdeen, Manchester, Stansted and Norwich were the top five airports for such flights during the period. Ghost flights are defined as those with no passengers, or less than 10% of passenger capacity.  The data from the Civil Aviation Authority includes only international flights leaving the UK and not arrivals, or any domestic flights. Flying is one of the most carbon-polluting activities people can undertake, and ghost flights have angered those campaigning for action on the climate crisis. Almost 15,000 ghost flights left the UK between the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 and September 2021, the Guardian revealed in February. The German airline Lufthansa said in January it would have to fly 18,000 “unnecessary” flights by March. Such flights have been blamed on the system at busy airports whereby airlines must normally run 80% of their flights, empty or not, to retain their landing slots. The rule was suspended during the pandemic and reintroduced at 50% in October 2021, but that did not appear to have significantly changed the number of mo

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