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Wow: Southwest Airlines Flew 56 Ghost Flights Last WeekLast week American carrier Southwest Airlines logged 56 flights that took off without any passengers. According to the Dallas Business Journal, the information was revealed in an internal memo sent to employees. The aviation industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the US domestic air market has technically still been able to operate, non-essential travel is at an absolute minimum. (simpleflying.com) More...
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I was hoping the flights were conducted to transport medical supplies and personnel
In the UK, you have to keep flying into airports, otherwise you lose the rights to land at regular scheduled times.
Some of these fights could be ferry flights to drop off the aircraft at a maintenance facility for an A, B, C, or a D check. Southwest flies to the airport that I work at just to bring the aircraft for maintenance. And I work at MIA airport where Southwest doesn't have scheduled flights to.
Why is this news? Southwest normally flies over 4,000 flights daily. Even with as much as half their schedule curtailed (i.e., 2,000 flights) 56 flights is less than 3% of their schedule. Although that would seem high normally, it doesn't seem unreasonable, or even remarkable considering the logistics of such massive recent impacts
I have heard that the weather forecasts are not as accurate because of the lack of reports from the planes in the air. Would appreciate a professional verification. Thanks in advance for your time