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Aviation industry agrees vital slot use relief

Christian Fernsby |
The Worldwide Airport Slot Board (WASB), comprising Airports Council International (ACI World), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Worldwide Airport Coordinators Group (WWACG) released a joint recommendation for airport slot use relief for the northern summer 2021 season.

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The organizations called on regulators worldwide to temporarily adopt more flexible slot rules in line with the recommendation as quickly as possible in order to preserve essential air transport connectivity.

The WASB position recommends the following be adopted before the end of 2020:

Airlines that return a full series of slots by early February to be permitted to retain the right to operate them in summer 2022.

A lower operating threshold for retaining slots the following season.

In normal industry conditions this is set at 80 20.

The WASB recommends this be amended to 50 50 for Summer 2021.

A clear definition for acceptable non use of a slot.

For example, force majeure as a result of short term border closures or quarantine measures imposed by governments.

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