All I wanted to say is that like this the creative players get punished. He thought of something brilliant, we didn't.
There's nothing brilliant about it, nor is it a new idea. Everyone who flies into slot-tight airports knows that you start your short-hauls up first in order to consume as many slots as you can as fast as you can. But you don't
fly all your planes to the same nearby airport 1000 times a day. That's gaming the game, and is a by-product of the fact that we start in a world where there's mega-airports that have all their slots open which is wholly unrealistic but the only way it would work. Such scenarios haven't ever and wouldn't ever exist in real-life, where whole major international airports were open for takers, and even if they did, no single airline would be allowed to consume all the slots using the method that Rlines was using. All he has to do to stay "legal" is just fly all those planes to different nearby destinations. But that's not as easy as just copying the same schedule a few dozen times.
Happens in real life too... I rest my case
No it doesn't. It would be illegal in any nation with anti-competition laws on the books which would be the vast majority.
And, no, what BMI and others are doing at LHR in real-life is not
the same thing. They are continuing
to fly routes where pax have dropped off in order to preserve their slots because the laws require that they continue to operate them; not because they want
to fly the planes empty to steal slots, but because they have
to fly empty to keep
slots. That is a wholly different scenario then, say, BMI opening up 1000 flights per day from LHR to London City across town just to use up all the slots at LHR.