Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation (Classroom)

Some of these topics are also explored in the following virtual classroom course:


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 the consumer demand for such infrastructure. This course will provide you with an enhanced understanding of these challenges, the policy that underpins the process and how Regulators have legislated to ensure efficient coordination that meets aviation needs according to the country’s strategy for Air Transport. Exploring the objectives of slot coordination, key regulatory considerations as well as the principles that have been developed to meet demand in a fair, transparent, and neutral way, those attending this course will come away with a better understanding of the components of successful and efficient use of scarce airport capacity through airport slot coordination.

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-09

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


  • Participants are expected to review the IATA Slots policy pages and be familiar with the latest industry developments before attending the course.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced
  • 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.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • 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

Course content

  • State of the airline industry
  • International schedule planning by airlines
  • Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG): objectives, principles, governance, evolution
  • Consumer benefits of airport slot coordination policy
  • Airline access and entry to congested airports
  • Slot allocation priorities
  • Historic precedence (“grandfather rights”)
  • Slot utilization definition and principles
  • Slot performance monitoring definition and principles
  • Slot mobility principles: transfers, swaps, and shared operations
  • Other slot policies that have been given consideration


  • International schedule planning exercise
  • Interpretation of the five pillars of the WASG
  • Slot allocation simulation exercises
  • Nine additional short exercises

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Civil aviation authorities and Regulators
  • Airline slot policy and slot managers, regulatory affairs executives
  • Airport capacity management managers, route development and aviation business directors.
  • Heads of slot policy, slot managers

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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