About the Slot Conference
Over 1330 people attended and worked at the 153rd IATA Slot Conference in Dubai, representing 259 unique airlines, along with 85 coordinators of well over 300 capacity-constrained airports and 93 sponsors and exhibitors.
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 1947 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.
This event requires registration. Invitations to register for SC153 have been sent to all accredited delegates 18 August 2023. Based on strong feedback the Slot Conference has returned to in person attendance only. Attending in person allows all delegates to work efficiently, optimizing their schedules face to face, in one location and time zone. If you need further information or are unable to travel to attend the conference due to circumstances beyond your control please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to register
The registration site has clear instructions for each section. If you need further assistance, please refer to the step by step instructions (pdf) that give additional information (including information on registration payments and representing more than one company).
It is the responsibility of the Head Delegate of each organization to make sure their delegation is up to date as only delegates accredited in the Online Accreditation System can be invited to register for the conference. If you have not received an invitation, please check with the Head Delegate of your organization that you are accredited, if not they should do this. We have created a help page for OAS with more information.
Registrations completed before 28 September 2023 will be charged 150 USD per delegate (applicable taxes will be payable). Any registrations completed on or after this deadline date will be charged 200 USD per delegate (applicable taxes will be payable).
The Non-IATA member airline* fee (payable only once per company) is 1000 USD (applicable taxes will be payable).
Taxes/fees: All rates are subject to all applicable local taxes that apply at the time. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
Please note that the delegate registration fee applies to airline representatives and slot coordinators / schedule facilitators that are attending the conference in order to adjust and discuss their schedules for the forthcoming season only.
If you are interested in attending the conference in a marketing capacity to promote your organization, please see the sponsors/exhibitors section.
Please refer to our guide containing official information and government links for travel to and from Dubai. Delegates are reminded that it is their individual responsibility to ensure they meet the requirements for entry to the United Arab Emirates.
Letters in support of visa applications
If required, letters in support of visa applications are requested through registration. Once you have completed your registration you will receive your support letter within 48 hours (Mon - Fri). Please note, from 25 October 2023, late processing fees of 50 USD are payable (applicable taxes will be payable). Please contact the registration team if you need further information.
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 153rd Slot Conference! If you missed any of the program sessions held in the speaker zone at the conference you can watch them below. Additionally we encourage you to view the digital copy of Air Service One magazine, supporting SC153!