Thursday, 12 March 2020

Rule changes from the US FAA so that airlines no longer need to fly empty aircraft to keep airport slots

The US  Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it will be temporarily waiving a rule that has forced airlines to fly empty or flights with just a few passengers on in order not to lose key take-off and landing slots at major airports.

The FAA said it would waive the rules until May 31st in order to help airlines as they face the increased cost and lack of demand because of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The relaxation of the rules will affect many of the major airports in the US including Washington's Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and New York's John F. Kennedy.

The FAA waiver covers both US and foreign airlines and it hopes that foreign regulators would also adopt a similar stance in similar rules.  The European Union already confirmed it would change legislation to allow airlines, to stop operating flights as the demand decreases.

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