As the omicron variant upends travel plans around the world, airlines say strict European Union regulations are forcing them to fly near-empty flights, which are unnecessary and environmentally harmful, that they argue they need to fly to save their long-term takeoff and landing slots at European airports.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday it had cleared an estimated 45 per cent of the US commercial airplane fleet to perform low-visibility landings at many airports where 5G C-band will be deployed starting Wednesday.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing slower growth in November 2021. Supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints impacted demand, despite economic conditions remaining favorable for the sector.
Even if the restrictions enacted to combat the Omicron variant are largely short-lived, they couldn't have come at a worse time for still struggling airlines that were expecting an enormous boost from the holiday season.