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EU Adjusts Airline Slot Rules to Help Cope With Disruptions

The EU is proposing to return to the standard slot use rate of 80% starting on Oct. 30.

The EU is proposing to return to the standard slot use rate of 80% starting on Oct. 30.

Photographer: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg

The European Union proposed Tuesday to loosen its rules governing airline takeoff and landing slots as airports struggle to balance a surge in travelers with a shortage of workers. 

The new rules would allow airlines to cancel flights because of events related to a pandemic, natural disasters or widespread political risk without jeopardizing their access to prized slots.