(AP) — Federal regulators are temporarily waiving a rule that has been causing airlines to fly nearly empty planes to avoid losing precious takeoff and landing rights at major airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration limits takeoff and landing rights or “slots” at a few big, congested airports.
Airlines must use 80% of their slots or risk losing them. On Wednesday, the FAA said it was waiving the 80% rule through May 31 to help airlines that are canceling flights because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Airline officials had criticized the slot-use requirement. The president of United Airlines called it crazy.