By Marine Strauss
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Fee proposed on Wednesday new guidelines on airport slots for summer season 2021, permitting airways to maintain these slots in the event that they use 40% of them as an alternative of the conventional 80% because the journey business recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March, the European Fee launched a waiver of the conventional rule to keep away from airways working empty “ghost flights” to retain slots.
European Transport Commissioner Adina Valean mentioned the proposal would assist present reduction to airways, guarantee environment friendly operations of airports and keep away from “ghost flights”, whereas additionally sustaining competitors available in the market.
“The proposed guidelines present certainty for the summer season season 2021 and be certain that the Fee can modulate additional essential slot waivers in line with clear circumstances to make sure this steadiness is maintained,” she mentioned.
The Fee mentioned visitors forecasts indicated journey ranges in summer season 2021 could be at the least 50% of 2019 ranges. The 40% threshold would assure some stage of service whereas offering airways with a safeguard in the usage of their slots.
The draft proposal nonetheless wants approval from the European Parliament and the EU’s 27 member states.
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