Given the further outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within Europe, ERA issued a call supporting IATS’s view last week that the requirement on airport slots should be suspended immediately. “Regulators have already been waiving the slot rules on a rolling basis during the crisis primarily for operations to China and Hong Kong; nevertheless, the impact of COVID-19 has now spread beyond the Asian market and therefore should be recognised as an extraordinary circumstance,” the ERA said in a statement. ‘Suspending the requirement for the entire season will alleviate the burden on airlines to operate 80 per cent of their allocated slots,

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