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Airline Hires Actors to Fill Seats to Meet Passenger Quota

(Thanks to Today in the Sky…)

British carrier Flybe has hired actors to fill seats on its flights from Norwich to Dublin because it has fallen short on the number of passengers it needed to carry on the route to avoid a fine from Norwich’s airport.  Flybe had negotiated a preferable cost structure with the airport with the stipulation that it would fly 15,000 passengers in a year.  With the shortage, it faced a $550,000 fee from the airport.  Actors were paid $160 a day to fly back and forth between the cities.

Said and airport representative, “It doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of the agreement.”

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