Airport slots: A WAGA pre-conference workshop to discuss slot allocation from an airport perspective

Philippe Villard by Philippe Villard | Feb 14, 2019

ACI World forecasts that on average the total passenger traffic worldwide will grow at a pace of 4.1% per annum. In the same period, aircraft movements will grow at a rate of 2.0% per annum. As a result, global traffic will double by 2031.

The management of scarce airport capacity remains essential in ensuring that efficient access is given to airport infrastructure so that the forecasted growth in air traffic is accommodated by the world’s airports. Already as of today 122 congested airports are subject to schedule-management measures (so-called Level 2 airports) and another 201 airports experience a level of congestion that requires the implementation of a stricter slot-coordination and allocation process (so-called Level 3 airports). According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), there could be an additional 100 coordinated airports by 2030.

Airport congestion and slot allocation

As we know, airport congestion leads to delays and a deterioration of the passenger experience. It can also reduce competition since it is difficult for new carriers to enter an already-full airport. This gives increased market power to incumbent airlines and potentially means higher fares for passengers.

Airport slot workshop

It is in this context that ACI World is convening, in advance of the ACI Asia-Pacific / World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, a pre-conference workshop on airport slots. The Slot workshop will provide background information on the existing IATA worldwide slot guidelines (WSG) and will explore mechanisms by which the implementation of slot allocation processes and rules can optimize the use of airport capacity. Specifically, the workshop will cover the following items:

  • Overview of current IATA WSG;                          
  • Promoting efficiency in the slot allocation process: the airport perspective;
  • The WSG: Its Strategic Review and the remaining challenges;
  • The way forward: Re-think the role of airport operators;
  • Slot allocation: Illustration from Singapore Changi Airport; and
  • Technology: At the service of airports.                

In addition to the ACI subject-matter experts, participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders from the aviation industry. We are delighted that Gunter Heinrich, Head, Airport Slot Management, Frankfurt Airport, and Donald Tan, Vice President, Airline Development, Changi Airport Group, will offer their perspectives on airport slot allocation. Reina Komori from Prolog Development Center Asia Pacific will additionally provide participants with an overview of technology and how it can be of assistance for congested airports.

We are looking forward to welcoming and engaging the dialogue with airport operators during this pre-conference workshop on airport slots.

Philippe Villard

Philippe Villard

Vice President, Economic Policy at ACI-North America
Philippe Villard joined Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) in February 2022. His main responsibilities include developing policies and positions regarding the economic well-being of the airport industry, notably on matters of economics, competition, financial regulation and slot policy. Prior to joining ACI-NA, Philippe held positions with increasing responsibilities in air transport economic policy development; airport charges, funding and financing; and slot policy at ACI World, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France, and a PhD in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
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