Stat of the day: 1,133

The number of empty 'ghost' flights Thomas Cook plans to run this year.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

There’s a spooky atmosphere at Thomas Cook HQ, after it reported it’s planning to run 1,133 empty ‘ghost’ flights between April-October.

The company may have posted three profit warnings this year, but it says it has to run the flights to keep up with demand. Running empty flights to keep valuable slots at key airports is common across the industry, although it isn’t as widespread among other airlines (Cook’s closest rival, Tui, flies half as many empty flights despite having more planes).

But the practice has been criticised by environmental campaigners. And it seems they aren’t likely to be placated just yet - according to the Telegraph, Thomas Cook hasn’t calculated the environmental cost of the programme.

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