Recently, Lufthansa and its German subsidiaries have been carrying out empty flights particularly frequently. The company officially states that the machines would be positioned at other locations in order to avoid delays, but the planes often fly on the originally planned route, but the passengers stay behind.
This phenomenon is currently also appearing frequently on the Frankfurt-Innsbruck route served by Air Dolomiti. In the last few days, the Italian Lufthansa subsidiary has repeatedly flown empty from the Lufthansa hub to the Tyrolean capital. The passenger flights were canceled in each case, but the Embraer regional jets still flew to Innsbruck ferry to Innsbruck.
As a precaution, these “ghost flights” were removed from the scoreboards in Frankfurt and Innsbruck. Possibly also in order not to give the lobby of environmentalists any additional arguments, because there is no rational explanation for the fact that paying passengers are left sitting and flown empty to Innsbruck in order to then fly back to Frankfurt with passengers.
“Air Dolomiti ghost flights” to the Tyrolean capital are also scheduled for the next few days. By the way, the Italian airline did not want to comment on this issue. The table below shows the flights planned for Innsbruck by the Lufthansa subsidiary. Those for which it is already certain that they will be carried out by ferry are marked.
|EN8057||INN – FRA||06:35|
|EN8051||INN – FRA||10:40|
|EN8053||INN – FRA||14:35|