The GuardianThe Guardian

Ghost flights from UK running at 500 a month, data reveals

By Damian Carrington

31 Mar 2022 · 3 min read

Ghost flights from UK running at 500 a month, data reveals Exclusive: MPs criticise ‘climate-degrading’ and ‘nefarious’ practice of flying near-empty planes to retain landing slots

Plane flying past moon with bright blue sky Ghost flights are defined as those with no passengers, or less than 10% of passenger capacity. Photograph: urbanbuzz/Alamy Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Thu 31 Mar 2022 06.00 BST Almost 500 “ghost flights” a month departed from the UK between October and December 2021, data has revealed.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content