The European Union has agree to suspend the
airport slot use rules for the whole of the summer season.
Around 43% of all passengers depart from over 200
slot coordinated airports worldwide.
Previously, the rules for slot allocation meant
that airlines had to operate at least 80% of their allocated slots
under normal circumstances. Failure to comply with that meant the
airline loses its right to the slot in the next equivalent season.
The European Commission had previously only
suspended the 80-20 “use it or lose it” rule for airport slots
until June 2020. This has now been expanded to cover the whole of
the summer season which lasts until the end of October.
Rafael Schvartzman, IATA Regional Vice President,
Europe, said, “The suspension of the 80-20 rule will enable
airlines to plan their schedules with maximum flexibility during
this time of great uncertainty. And it gives airlines and airports
the certainty that the routes and network they have invested in
will be valid next summer, protecting vital connectivity and
preparing the way for recovery. We know that many regulators
around the world have also suspended the slot use rule for this
period. We hope that this decision from the EU will encourage any
remaining regulators who have not yet done so to align with this
important move. It’s critical all airlines and airports are able
to benefit from the alleviation equally.”