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March 12, 2007

Airline Flies Empty Planes to Keep Heathrow Slots

British Mediterranean Airways has been flying empty planes between Cardiff and Heathrow 6 times a week for 5 months so it doesn't lose the landing slots allocated to it at the crowded airport.  Environmentalists in Britain are quite upset because of the environmental impact of flying empty planes (carbon footprints have been a huge issue in Britain, especially when it comes to the airline industry). 

The airline said that it has explored selling or leasing the slots but decided flying empty planes made the most sense.

March 12, 2007 | Permalink: Airline Flies Empty Planes to Keep Heathrow Slots


I didn't find your link to work, but this one should.


This story is fascinating on several levels. First, on an anthropological level. The Brits (and Europeans in general) seem to have replaced their worship of Jesus with a worship of Mother Earth. Matters that have little to do "with the environment" are suddenly cast through an environmental prism. I wonder if Brits deciding on whether to go out for a beer now weigh the "carbon footprint" involved in getting to the pub. :<)

Of course, the reporter is oblivious to what should be the real concern: how on Earth did the Brits come up with such idiotic transporation regulations such that an airline would feel compelled to fly an empty plane to Heathrow for 6 months? At the same time, the gov't fights opening up Heathrow slots to foreign competitors because there supposedly isn't any room.

Wait! I think I see a new protectionist argument here. The Americans can't be allowed new flights into Heathrow because it would hurt the environment! Remember, you heard it here first.

: iahphx at Mar 12, 2007 9:55:12 AM

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