The FAA has announced that, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it has suspended the 80/20 rule that forces airlines to operate ghost flights as a means for maintaining their airport slots, the company said.
The 80/20 rule states airlines must use each of their airport slots 80% of the time or risk losing them to competitors. To help soften the blow of the plummeting travel demand, the FAA has decided to suspend this requirement until May 31 for all coronavirus-affected US and foreign airlines.
The suspended rule applies to New York-JFK (JFK), New York LaGuardia (LGA), and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA). Airlines that fly into four other airports, including Chicago O´Hare (ORD), Newark Liberty (EWR), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO), will receive credit for Coronavirus cancellations as if they had operated.