The Department for Transport (DfT) has temporarily relaxed rules around airport slots to help airlines avoid last-minute cancellations due to staff shortages.

It said airlines will be given a short window, described as an "amnesty", to hand back take-off and landing slots they are not confident they will be able to operate for the rest of the summer season.  

The challenges facing airlines at the moment are manifest.  Airline CEOs for a period will not have the “use them or lose them” problem.  They will have to be very careful as a lack of slots will not be an acceptable excuse when apportioning blame for delays.

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