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!"
2019 Newsletters (2021 Newsletters will be available onsite)
The activities of the Slot Conference are managed by the Worldwide Airport Slots Department
This event requires registration. Invitations to register for SC148 will be sent out directly to all accredited delegates mid-March 2021, 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.
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 18.104.22.168/27 and 22.214.171.124/27 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
Business Development Director
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
Rooms will be available to book through online registration which will be open mid-March 2021. 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 email address for the registration team) to request the nights required. Be sure to include your registration confirmation number in the email.
Tax/Fees: All rates are subject to all applicable city and local taxes that apply at the time of room occupancy. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
The 148th Slot Conference will take place in Vancouver. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the best cities to live in and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.
The city's numerous beaches, parks, waterfronts, and mountain backdrop, combined with its cultural and multi-ethnic character, all contribute to its unique appeal and style.
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 and Coordination
Did you know that in the past 4 years, 968 participants from 103 countries have taken the Airport Slots and Coordination 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.
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