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Revealed: 5,000 empty ‘ghost flights’ in UK since 2019, data shows

By Damian Carrington and Pamela Duncan

28 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

In this exclusive Guardian report, we discover how about 40,000 'ghost flights' have flown over the UK in the past 3 years - news which has left climate activists and campaigners furious.

More than 5,000 completely empty passenger flights have flown to or from UK airports since 2019, the Guardian can reveal.

A further 35,000 commercial flights have operated almost empty since 2019, with fewer than 10% of seats filled, according to analysis of data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This makes a total of about 40,000 “ghost flights”.

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