Grant Shapps – 2021 Comments on Ghost Flights

The comments made by Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, on 26 February 2021.

I want to restart international travel as soon as it is safe and the slots waiver is a critical part of making that happen.

With airlines flying a smaller proportion of their usual schedules, the waiver means carriers can reserve their finances, reduce the need for environmentally damaging ‘ghost flights’ and allow normal services to immediately restart when the pandemic allows.