About the Slot Conference
The Slot Conference (SC) is a working conference. Regularly attracting 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!"
“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
To see the organizations that have already registered please see the registration list (pdf). This list will be updated weekly to reflect any changes in registration.
This event requires registration. Invitations to register for SC150 were sent to all accredited delegates 16 March 2022. If you are accredited in OAS and have not received an invitation to register, please contact the registration team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
New event management company - ensure you receive emails
Please note, that the event management company working with the Slot Conference has changed. To ensure you receive your invitation to register for our events, please take a moment to save email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email Safe List. This will ensure you receive your invitations and they are not moved by your organization's email system to your Junk Mail folder. In case your organization has email spam policies in place, please also request your email and system administrators to whitelist email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delegate registration fee
The delegate registration fee is $50 USD per delegate for this event. (applicable taxes will be payable).
Non-IATA Member Airline fee
The Non-IATA member airline fee (payable only once per company) is $1000 (applicable taxes will be payable).
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.
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.
If you are interested in attending the conference in a marketing capacity to promote your organization, please see the SPONSORS/EXHIBITORS section and contact us for more information.
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.
Attending the SC
The 150th Slot Conference will be facilitated in person and for those unable to travel to the event virtually, using the same meeting planner and event platform Swapcard.
Travel and local restrictions
We will be closely monitoring travel and local restrictions. As the situation evolves this information will be regularly updated and we will make sure we inform all delegates in good time if we are unable to hold this event in person. Please refer to our guide containing official information and government links for travel to and from the US and local restrictions. Delegates are reminded that it is their individual responsibility to ensure they meet the requirements for entry to the US.
To give the conference an official format we will use the local time in Seattle, US, 08:00 – 18:00 as core hours for planning of presentations and meetings. These will start at the most convenient time for all attendees and ensure there are playback opportunities for time zones outside of these hours. SPECIAL NOTE for in-person attendees: Make sure you set your time zone to the conference local time before setting your availability in the event platform, to ensure meetings are requested and accepted in the correct time zone.
Whilst there are delegates attending this conference virtually, the system will be available for use and for making appointments 24 hours a day, to ensure each user in each time zone can block their schedule to the times that they are available and wish to work. This will give you the freedom to make your appointments at the most convenient time for you and your colleagues, in whatever time zone you are present or choose to work in.
For example, an organization may wish to register delegates and roster their staff to concentrate on specific time zones to make best use of their meetings. One person might be assigned to handle appointments for Asia and Oceana, one for Europe, Middle East and Africa and one for the Americas – this way they could each stay in the relevant time zone and work on getting the results they need in that area. Others may wish to work more flexibly, when and how it suits them. You are in control of how you wish to work. Users will be requested to block the times they are unavailable for meetings during the customization phase.
The Slot Conference Event Platform (Swapcard)
We have created a help page for the Slot Conference meeting and event platform. The help pages includes the opening schedule, user guides, videos and detailed instructions and we recommend all delegates to take advantage of the help pages to get the most out of the virtual platform. The virtual platform we are using is easy to access online and does not require any plug-ins or downloads, only a good internet connection and a webcam for virtual meetings.
Please review the complete Program for the 150th Slot Conference.
Within the Slot Conference meeting planner and event platform Swapcard, don’t forget to add program sessions into ‘My schedule’ from the Program tab , then be sure to block your availability in ‘My meetings’ > ‘My meetings’ > ‘Manage Availability’, by removing the tick of the corresponding time slot.
An easy way to do this, is to have two Swapcard tabs ‘My Schedule’ tab (which lists the program sessions you wish to watch) and the ‘Manage Availability’ found under the‘My meetings’ > ‘My meetings’ > tab
Then compare the two tabs and make the corresponding meeting times unavailable in ‘My meetings’ for the program session times you have already added to ‘My schedule’.
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
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People you will meetAIRLINES
- 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
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 150th Slot Conference! If you missed any of the program sessions held at the conference you can view them below. Additionally we encourage you to have a look at our event magazine - Slots 150!