There we go, there are the absurdities of the rules of slots, especially at crowded airports like LHR
. For starters, this sort of thing is not at all new, as indicated above - I certainly remember the QF
flights with a BAe-146/ ARJ to MAN
to keep the slots active. The thing is that the heavily congested LHR
is still seen with such prestige that airlines will do anything to hold onto the slots there - the costs of using crew, fuel and so on is seen as minimal compared to the long-term benefits of keeping the slots. The trouble is that such flights are certainly not "green" and at this time will invariably cause controversy.
This sort of behaviour sounds suspiciously like BA
- then again, KJ
is a co-operative partner of BA
had other problems in terms of deploying the plane elsewhere - unlike the EU, most of the destinations of KJ
are outside and flights are governed by bilateral agreements limiting service numbers. Additionally, KJ
cannot serve the same destinations as BA
's mainline fleet so from the simple standpoint of keeping the slots they had no real options.
slots cannot be held unused ad infinitum - if not used 80% of the time over a 6 month period they will be withdrawn and reallocated. On a different note, positioning flights are not really the same as these ghost flights because, while they do use slots the planes then go on to do regular services afterwards.
It must be a sight at CWL
to see the BA
-liveried A320s coming in daily now - I have not been down to the airport of late.