Assn. of European Airlines asked the EU to ease or temporarily suspend the regulation requiring airlines to use their airport slots 80% of the time so they might suspend services during the global economic slowdown without losing them, Reuters reported. "One measure we would like them to look at is freezing the '80-20' rule," an AEA spokesperson said. "Airlines could then be encouraged to withdraw capacity without running the risk of losing specific slots." The slot rule suspension was part ...

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