Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation (classroom)



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About the course

2-day (16 hours) classroom course

IATA Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation aviation training 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.

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Course Code: TALM-09

Course format


  • 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

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

Next class

Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation (classroom)

Spain, Madrid (IATA)
4 - 5 September, 2023
Register before Aug 14, 2023 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 14 Aug
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All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 171887
USD 1,560
USD 2,035
USD 2,275

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

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • 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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