147th Slot Conference

Barcelona, Spain
17 - 20 November
Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB)

COVID-19 Update

IATA continues to prepare for the Slot Conference, whilst closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 situation and is actively engaged with relevant organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat and local health authorities.

In anticipation that government restrictions on travel will have been lifted and that the public health authorities in Spain will permit large gatherings at that time, registration for the Slot Conference is set to open to all accredited delegates by the end of August 2020. 

The well-being of our attendees and event staff are of utmost importance and we will continue to assess the situation in the run-up to the event and notify participants accordingly of any changes.

For further information including a Travel Q&A session with the WHO please refer to our website. To keep updated on WHO advice for international travel and trade, please refer to the WHO website

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 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!"
- Exhibitor/Sponsor


The activities of the Slot Conference are managed by the Worldwide Airport Slots Department



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 SC147 will be sent out directly to all accredited delegates by the end of August 2020. 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.

Delegate registration fee: Non-IATA Member Airline

The delegate registration fee will be published shortly (applicable taxes will be payable). Non-IATA Member Airlines are responsible for paying $1,000 per airline (applicable taxes will be payable)

Tax/Fees: All rates are subject to all applicable city and local taxes that apply at the time. Taxes and fees 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 a letter of invitation to attend the conference in order to support their visa application should check the "Visa Letter Request" box when registering online, then follow the instructions.


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 semi-annual meeting attracts roughly 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

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!


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


Networking Reception Sponsor



Rooms will be available to book through online registration which will be open mid-August 2020. 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 registration opens. 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.

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

AC Hotel Barcelona Forum



Run of House Room -
Run of House Room -
Single: EUR 209.00 / Double: EUR 229.00
Single: EUR 179.00
- Breakfast included 
- Breakfast included
- Wi-Fi included
- Wi-Fi included
- Not included: 10% sales tax & EUR 1.21 tourism tax per day
- Not included: 10% sales tax & EUR 1.21 tourism tax per day
- Check-in 16:00 / Check-out 12:00 (local time)
- Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 12:00 (local time)
- Credit card required at booking to guarantee reservation
- Cancellation policy: Less than 15 days, full stay non-refundable
- Cancellation policy: One-night's room and tax non-refundable deposit charged at booking

Beware of Unauthorized 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 & Coordination Training

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


“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 Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG), 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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