The Slot Conference (SC) is a business meeting, attracting over 1,300+ delegates, with representatives of well over 300 capacity-constrained airport and 250+ individual airlines and 90+ sponsors and exhibitors that attend from all corners of the globe.
This twice-yearly meeting is one of IATA's largest events, which regularly rotates locations throughout the world. The conference has been taking place since 1948 and is a significant moment in the aviation planning diary, allowing the global airline community the opportunity to meet for quickfire optimisation of their planned schedules, while looking at new opportunities for route and network growth.
The goal of the conference is for airlines to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers at coordinated airports.
The conference operating procedures are published in the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG).
153rd Slot Conference 14 - 17 Nov 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
154th Slot Conference 11 - 13 June 2024, Bogota, Colombia
155th Slot Conference 19 - 22 November 2024, Singapore City, Singapore
156th Slot Conference, 17-19 June 2025, The Americas (or Europe)
157th Slot Conference, 18 - 20 November 2025, Europe (or the Americas)
158th Slot Conference 16 - 18 or 9 - 11 June 2026, Africa and Middle East (or Asia & Oceania)
159th Slot Conference 17 -19 November 2026, Asia & Oceania (or Africa and Middle East)
If you would like information on hosting the Slot Conference or have a proposal for a future venue please email IATA Management for the Slot Conference Handbook. This document lists the Slot Conference logistical and technical specifications required to produce this business meeting.
Slot Conference Feedback
Slot Conferences are the place where I feel I'm working in aviation! It is a great chance to meet colleagues from other airlines and also coordinators face to face. Thanks to IATA for the great venue! ~ Airline Slot Manager
Slot Conference is an essential part of the Scheduling calendar; it gives us a solid foundation to build our busiest ever flying program for next season. ~ Airline Slot Manager
This was only my second conference, but this was a great experience! Loved it! ~ Coordinator
The organization of an event of this proportion is something really challenging, and I am pleased to say that the current IATA administration is surpassing itself at each Conference. ~ Airline Slot Manager