Airport Slot Management and Coordination (Classroom)

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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 936 participants from 103 countries have taken this course with IATA?


When airline demand exceeds the capacity of an airport, coordination is introduced to manage planned operations. Coordination involves the allocation of limited airport capacity to aircraft operators through ‘slot coordination’ to ensure viable operations. Effective slot coordination will maximize the efficient use of airport infrastructure. This course will help you learn how to apply for or allocate airport slots by applying the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG) and Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM). These are the global standard principles and procedures of airport slot management and the technical standard for communicating between airlines and slot coordinators.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

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Course Code: TALM-13

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • 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 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the salesperson in your region.

Next class

Airport Slot Management and Coordination (Classroom)

China, Beijing (IATA)
7 - 9 September, 2021
Register before 17 Aug, 2021 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 17 Aug
All prices are before tax. Class no: 145837 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,440
USD 1,890
USD 2,100

Please note that prices DO NOT include the 6% Chinese VAT. The VAT must be paid additionally if applicable to your registration.

Beijing Training Center Information

2 additional classes are scheduled

Airport Slot Management and Coordination (Classroom)

Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
21 - 23 September, 2021
Register before 31 Aug, 2021 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 31 Aug
All prices are before tax. Class no: 145796 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,440
USD 1,890
USD 2,100

Airport Slot Management and Coordination (Classroom)

Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (EAA-RTP)
1 - 3 December, 2021
Please register by 10 Nov
All prices are before tax. Class no: 144888 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,540
USD 1,990
USD 2,200

This class is offered in cooperation with Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA)

Register on EAA website

For registration and payment information please contact:

Tel: +251-11-517-4016/23/13 or +251-11-517-8372/8427

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Manage airport capacity 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 in compliance with SSIM Chapter 6
  • Maximize your slot portfolio management capabilities in accordance with your schedule and network
  • Manage historic slot precedence and waitlists
  • Analyze capacity constraints and historic slot eligibility

Course content

  • Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG)
    • Principles of slot allocation
    • Policy, demand, and capacity
    • Process of airport coordination
  • Airport levels and their procedures
  • Slot historic listings, priority and waitlisting
  • Justified non-utilization of slots
  • Capacity constraints and the slot process
  • Complaints and rights of appeal
  • IATA's Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) Chapter 6
  • Slot monitoring and coordination procedures
  • Slot Historic List (SHL), SAL, Submission etc


  • Practical exercises

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline slot managers, scheduling and network analysts, operational managers
  • Airport slot coordinators
  • Industry experts using SSIM format for scheduling of support services

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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Mark Milligan, Senior Business Consultant, Distribution & Slots, Southwest Airlines

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.

Taoufik Tzounti, Tus Airways
I would like to thank IATA and our instructor for the Slot Coordination course which was a great opportunity to increase my knowledge and improve my skills on the same topic. This has helped me to reduce my workload and attain much better results to allocate suitable slots. During the course, the instructor shared her extensive experience which I'm now able to reference when I perform my daily tasks.

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