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)
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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 220.127.116.11/27 and 18.104.22.168/27 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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 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 and Coordination course and our new course, Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Implementation. You can attend both slots training courses also as virtual classroom courses.
Airport Slots and Coordination
Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Implementation (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 Implementation 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 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.