145th Slot Conference

​Brisbane, Australia
12 - 15 November 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


The Slot Conference (SC) is a "Working Conference". Regularly attracting over 1200 delegates, from over 230 airlines and representatives of over 85 schedules-facilitated or fully coordinated airports this twice-yearly meeting is one of IATA's largest events.

As part of the slot process, the purpose of this voluntary assembly of both IATA and non-IATA airlines worldwide is to provide a forum for the allocation of slots at fully coordinated airports (Level 3), and for the reaching of consensus on the schedule adjustments necessary to conform to airport capacity limitations (Level 2). The goal of the conference is for airlines and airports to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

The conference operating procedures are published in the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG)


"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!"
- Exhibitor/Sponsor

“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

Prior to the Slot Conference official start date (Tuesday 12 November), join IATA and Brisbane Airport for a once in a lifetime experience on Monday 11 November on the new runway of Brisbane airport! See the invitation (pdf) for more information.

We have now published the full Program at a Glance (pdf)! The program includes all information on workshops, presentations, meetings and social events before and 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. The floor plan tips and tricks (pdf) document also includes useful tips on navigating at the BCEC!


This event requires registration. To ensure you receive your invitation to register for future events, please take a moment to save IATASC@MCVEIGH.COM to your email Safe List. This will ensure you receive your invitations and they are not filtered by your organization's email system to your Junk Mail folder.

We recommended delegates speak with their IT dept. to ensure IATASC@MCVEIGH.com is saved to their Internet service provider's 'whitelist' and if necessary provide them with the following IP addresses and that are used to send delegates registration emails. This should ensure messages that are sent automatically from the registration system are not blocked by your organization's system.

Invitations to register for SC145 were sent out directly to all accredited delegates 19 August 2019, please contact the registration team directly at IATASC@MCVEIGH.COM if you have not received your invitation to register at that time or require further information on hotel reservations and letters of invitation for visa applications.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to register no later than 18 October 2019. After this time the hotel rate cannot be guaranteed, late charges apply for visa letters and Appointments Calendar (AppCal) access to eligible delegates will be delayed.

Registration Rates (USD)

Delegate registration fee Non-IATA Member Airline

$50 (applicable taxes will be payable) $1,000 (applicable taxes will be payable)

Taxes/fees: All rates are subject to all applicable city and local taxes that apply at the time. Taxes and fees (currently 10%) are subject to change without notice. Bank/ Wire Transfer: All Wire Transfers are due within 7 days of registration. Note there is a $100 USD fee for all wire transfers.

How to register

Step by step instructions on how to register including delegate registration fees, representing more than one company/visa letters if required etc. can be found in our instructional pdf.

Visa Requirements

Delegates are reminded that it is their individual responsibility to obtain a valid visa to attend the Slot Conference. Please ensure you check your visa requirements as soon as possible to prevent any delay in your visa application. For guidance and further information, delegates should consult the IATA Travel Center.

Delegates requiring letters in support of their visa applications should complete all sections of the "Support Letter for Visa" section when registering to attend the conference online. Support letters will be emailed directly to the delegate from iatasc@mcveigh.com. The deadline for the completion of this section and registration is 18 October 2019, after this date charges will apply.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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. 90% of the exhibition space has already been sold, we encourage you to act quickly to secure a spot. If you are interested, you can have a look at the floor plan of the exhibition.

Sponsorship/Exhibition Please Contact

Mike Huntington​
Business Development Director
Tel.: +1-203-563-8170
Mobile: +1-514-240-2844​​

Join IATA's Strategic Partnership Program

Benefit from discounts on sponsorship and exhibition rates. Get on Board​!

Networking Reception Sponsor


People you will meet

  • VP’s of Network Planning
  • Schedule Planning Managers
  • Route Development Managers
  • Charter Managers
  • Fleet Planning Managers
  • Heads of Traffic Development
  • Marketing Directors
  • Route Development Managers

Event Sponsor

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Rooms will be available to book through online registration which will be open mid-August 2019. Should you require additional nights, please complete a reservation through online registration with the available nights you require. Once completed, email iatasc@MCVEIGH.com (the new email address for the registration team) to request the nights required. Be sure to include your registration confirmation number in the email.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible, but no later than 18 October 2019 after which time, reservations and changes will be accepted on a space available basis with no guarantee the conference rates will apply. Please note: Special requests and room types are subject to availability at the hotel upon check-in.

Tax/Fees: All rates are subject to all applicable city and local taxes that apply at the time of room occupancy. Taxes and fees (currently 10%) are subject to change without notice.

Enjoy networking and convenience by staying at one of these great hotels for the Conference. *Please note the individual rates and policies.

(Host) Rydges - South Bank Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane South Bank

rydges hotel

Run of House Room -

Single / Double: AUD $255.00

Run of House Room -

Single / Double: AUD $245.00

Daily Breakfast Available: $32pp/ day Daily Breakfast Available: $25pp/ day
  • Closest to conference
  • Includes GST & Wi-Fi
  • Valet Parking: $40/night
  • New reservations/cancellations are due by 18 October
  • 5 minute walk to conference
  • Includes GST & Wi-Fi
  • Self Parking: $32/night
  • 1st night deposit will be charged by hotel after 18 October
*Both hotels allow cancellation up to 18 October without penalty. Any changes/cancellations after that date may incur a penalty. Additional requests are based off of the availability of the hotel and are not guaranteed to be at the group rate.

Beware of Unauthorised Hotel Solicitations

McVeigh Global Meetings and Events is the only official hotel provider associated with this event. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering accommodations for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

Airport Slots and Coordination Training​

Did you know that in the past 4 years, 968 participants from 104 countries have taken this course with IATA?

We now offer a 20% discount for all registrations for the training course held in Brisbane before the Slot Conference! Registrations have to be completed by 18 October to receive the discount. Registrants should use the promotion code 455h01md. For more information and to register see the training webpage.


“I cannot even begin to describe how beneficial the Airport Slots and Coordination course was to me. Working for an airline that is relatively new to international flying, we’ve yet to have a formal venue to learn about worldwide best practices. Our instructor was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects surrounding the slots process, and included several real world examples to demonstrate various parts of the procedures. It was obvious that she was passionate about each member of the class succeeding. Furthermore, I found the unique opportunity for classroom dialogue between schedulers, coordinators, and facilitators to be invaluable. In fact, I was able to use specific aspects of the training in my job the very next day. I would highly recommend this course to any colleague who is interested in furthering their knowledge of the IATA World Slot Guidelines.”

Mark Milligan, Southwest Airlines


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 IATA's Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG), the accepted global standard for the policies, principles, and procedures of airport slot management. Learn how to apply the standard communication procedures from IATA's Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) to messages between airlines and slot coordinators.

Course Format

A three day Airport Slots & Coordination Training Course is offered prior to the start of the conference. Registration and payment are necessary. For more information see the training webpage.


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Intermediate
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 (pdf) for courses in English or equivalent for other languages


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