Key slot coordination organisations at airports in Europe
Airport slot coordination requires the involvement of a number of independent entities that manage this task at airports classified as level 2 and 3. In Europe, these organisations form the EUACA (European Airport Coordinators Association) and develop following the standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). They extend their area of influence in different countries or regions, depending on the case.
This article covers 10 key organisations.
The Spanish organisation for slot coordination and Schedules Facilitation (AECFA) was appointed slot coordinator for 27 Spanish airports by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in 2014, including Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat.
In Germany it’s FLUKO-Flughafenkoordination Deutschland GmbH that takes over the planning of flights as well as the monitoring of slots for a total of 16 airports. The coordinated aerodromes (of level 3) that are under the supervision of this organisation are Munich, Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart.
The airports of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Lyon and Nice Côte d’Azur in France have to conform to the slot coordination guidelines established by COHOR. This organisation makes sure every flight schedule complies with the set time slots to ensure fluid air traffic.
North of Europe: Nordic Airport Coordinators
Nordic Airport Coordinators are involved in the management of slots for a big number of airports in the north of Europe, located in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, including Greenland and Faroe Islands territories. For example, it is present in the aerodromes of Stockholm (Arlanda and Bromma), Oslo, Copenhagen and Keflavik (Iceland).
Great Britain: ACL
Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) extends its influence over 38 worldwide airports. In Great Britain they are responsible for slot coordination at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted aerodromes. They also collaborate with important airports from other countries such as Dublin or Varsovia-Chopin.
The Netherlands: ACNL
The airports of Amsterdam-Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague and Eindhoven in the Netherlands are under the slot coordination and schedule facilitation guidelines established by Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL). It is composed of representatives of the three aerodromes and of the main airlines that operate in the country (KLM, Transavia, Martinair and TUIfly).
Assoclearance has been responsible for airport slot coordination at coordinated and facilitated airports in Italy since 1997. Among the list of level 3 aerodromes under their supervision are Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Ciampino, Rome-Fiuminicio, Turin, Venice, Florence, Genova and Cagliari.
Belgium Slot Coordination (BSC) assists with slot coordination at the airport of Brussels- Zaventem. In order to take full advantage of the aerodrome capacity, BSC requires airlines with allocated slots which will not be used to communicate this before the 15th of January for the northern hemisphere’s summer season, and before the 15th of August for the winter season.
Austria: Schedule Coordination Austria
In Austria, Schedule Coordination Austria exercises its influence over one coordinated airport (Vienna) and five facilitated airports (Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck). Innsbruck airport takes over coordination in the winter season during the week.
Portugal: ANA Portugal Airports
ANA Portugal Airports assists the coordinated airports of Lisbon, Porto, Madeira and Faro (the last-mentioned is only coordinated in the summer). In addition to these facilitated airports, ANA’s activities support operations which provide services for nearly 40 million passengers (based on 2015 figures).
In addition to the work carried out by national slot coordination organisations, each airport has to deal with its own daily immediate slot management tasks. To do so it is vital to rely on airport software programmes such as Condor from Ikusi, which help detect and correct operating limitations to maximise aerodrome capacity in different periods of the year.