About the Slot Conference
The Slot Conference is a business meeting, attracting over 1,100+ delegates, with representatives of 200+ slot coordinated airports and 225+ individual airlines that attend from all corners of the globe.
This twice-yearly meeting is one of IATA's largest events, which regularly rotates locations throughout the world. The conference has been taking place since 1948 and is a significant moment in the aviation planning diary, allowing the global airline community the opportunity to meet for quickfire optimisation of their planned schedules, while looking at new opportunities for route and network growth.
The goal of the conference is for airlines to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers at coordinated airports.
The conference operating procedures are published in the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG)
"Great venue and really appreciate all the hard work invested to make the conference successful! Thank you!"
- Head Coordinator
"Have not attended the slot conference for many years, I found great improvement, good job well done!"
- Head Airline Representative
"Proved to be the perfect platform for route development discussions with airlines you wish to attract to your airport in a relaxed atmosphere!"
“Hosting the conference and showcasing our city to key decision makers and delegates from around the world was invaluable”
- Host Sponsor
The activities of the Slot Conference are managed by the Worldwide Airport Slots Department
We have now published the full Program (pdf) The program includes all information on workshops, presentations, meetings and social events during the conference. Please note that the program is subject to change.
In order to have a smooth conference, we encourage delegates to familiarize themselves with the workrooms & floor plans (pdf) document. This will help you plan your meetings during the customization phase of the Appointments Calendar (AppCal) before it opens for your delegate type.
If you are interested in contributing to the program please contact us.
The IATA Slot Conference provides the perfect opportunity to network over 500 airline representatives representing 230 unique airlines throughout the world. This twice yearly meeting attracts over 1,200 delegates allowing both airlines and airports to meet, discuss and obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.
In order to participate (as an exhibitor or sponsor) it is not obligatory to be a slot coordinated airport! Approximately 45% of exhibitors participating at the event are not slot coordinated.
Sponsorship/Exhibition Please Contact
Sales Manager, Sponsorship & Exhibition - Events
Tel. +33 789 05 77 96
People you will meetAIRLINES
- VP’s of Network Planning
- Slot Managers
- Schedule Planning Managers
- Route Development Managers
- Charter Managers
- Fleet Planning Managers
- Heads of Traffic Development
- Marketing Directors
- Route Development Managers
Airport Slot Coordination Training
Widen your expertise and participate in one of our training courses! We offer two courses focusing on airport slots, the Airport Slots Management and Coordination course and our new course, Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation. You can attend both slots training courses also as virtual classroom courses.
Airport Slots Management and Coordination
Airport Slots Coordination: Policy and Regulation (NEW!)
Due to the growth of air traffic’, some airports are experiencing a discrepancy between available airport capacity and demand. Coordination involves the allocation of constrained or limited airport capacity to airlines and other aircraft operators to ensure a viable airport and air transport operation. Coordination is also a process to maximize the efficient use of airport infrastructure. This course will help you learn how to allocate and coordinate airport slots by applying the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG), the accepted global standard for airport slot allocation.
What you will learn
- Allocate slots according to the requirements and procedures for either facilitated (level 2) airports or coordinated (level 3) airports
- Apply the standard procedures for communication between airlines and slot coordinators
- Maximize your slot portfolio management capabilities
- Apply slot procedures and understand the impact of international rules and regulations
- Execute slot messages in compliance with SSIM Chapter 6
- Analyze capacity constraints and historic slot eligibility
The aviation industry faces enormous challenges as a result of insufficient airport infrastructure across the globe. The Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG) help the industry to meet ever-growing consumer demand for such infrastructure. The Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation course will provide you with an enhanced and balanced understanding of these challenges as well as the principles that have been developed to meet demand in a fair, transparent, and neutral way while promoting the most efficient use of scarce airport capacity.
What you will learn
- Describe the global context of schedule planning in a constrained airport environment and how it relates to connectivity, competition, and consumer benefits of aviation
- Explain the challenges posed by insufficient airport infrastructure
- Detail the principles and objectives of the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines Justify the need for transparency, flexibility, sustainability, certainty, and consistency in airport capacity allocation
- Advocate for the optimization of scarce airport capacity
Testimonials for the Airport Slots Management and Coordination course
Adam Mohamed - IOC Senior Operations Controller - Gulf Air
I attended the 3 day’s Airport slots and coordination classroom course to further expand my knowledge in the aviation field. I did anticipate difficulties in completing this course especially in such a short timeframe. However, the instructor taught in such a way the information was passed clearly, whereby we not only understood the content but were also able to apply this knowledge beneficially upon returning to duty.
I would recommend from my personal experience this course for anyone in the aviation Industry.
Liva Ozolina - Scheduling and Slot Manager - AirBaltic
Even though I have been working with slot handling messages and WSG for few years now, this course was very useful for strengthening my knowledge and for learning new specific details with well though examples on respective cases. I would suggest this course for everyone whose daily work is related to airport slots.
Md Ashraful Haque - Manager Operations-Schedules Planning - Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Though I had some previous hands-on experience on Airport Slots and Coordination procedures but in some critical cases I experienced some situations when it would get very difficult for me to find a solution. A sincere thanks to IATA for arranging such an advantageous course, which gives a clear idea about ins and outs of the airport slot coordination.
The course covers a wide range of information about scheduling guidelines and slot handling procedures.
Thank you to all delegates who attended the 152nd Slot Conference! If you missed any of the program sessions held at the conference you can watch them below. Additionally we encourage you to view the digital copy of Air Service One magazine, supporting SC152!