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Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Implementation (Classroom, 3 days)

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Develop a better and balanced understanding of the challenges that the aviation industry faces as a result of insufficient airport infrastructure across all regions of the world. Over 3 days you will learn the principles that have been developed to meet an ever-growing demand in a fair, transparent and neutral way, while promoting the most efficient use of airport capacity.

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

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 Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the vast array of challenges posed by lack of sufficient airport infrastructure
  • Detail the principles and objectives of the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG)
  • Advocate for better optimization of scarce airport capacity
  • Explain how global airport schedule planning impacts connectivity, competition, and consumer benefits of aviation.
  • Justify the need for transparency, flexibility, certainty, consistency and sustainability in airport capacity allocation

Course content

  • Current and future state of the industry
  • Worldwide Slot Guidelines
  • Airport slot allocation
  • Airline network planning
  • Managing capacity and coordination committees
  • Slot performance monitoring
  • How transparency, flexibility, certainty, consistency and sustainability all benefit the consumer

Download the course outline


  • Slot allocation simulation exercise

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Regulators
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Heads of Slots 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.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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