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ACI Europe, the commerce physique representing airports in Europe, is looking for the reinstatement of normal airport slot guidelines which might see airways working no less than 80 p.c of each deliberate slot sequence this winter.

“Because the EU+ market has been very a lot driving restoration and visitors volumes are lastly getting nearer to pre-pandemic ranges, it’s important that the EU deliver its airport slots guidelines again to regular – requiring airways to successfully use these slots for 80 p.c of the time through the forthcoming winter season beginning finish of October,” mentioned Olivier Jankovec, director basic ACI Europe.

Jankovec referred to the European Fee proposal made in July which requires the return to the usual slot use price of 80 p.c as of October 30 – reflecting demand – whereas additionally extending the choice to carriers to utilize the ‘justified non-use of slots’ (JNUS) software created through the Covid pandemic.

ACI Europe Director Common Olivier Jankovec. (archive picture)

“Going again to the 80 p.c utilization rule is crucial at this important and dynamic juncture within the restoration from the Covid-19 pandemic. That is about guaranteeing an efficient use of scarce airport capability for the advantage of air connectivity, customers and companies,” mentioned Jankovec.

Within the meantime, again in July, the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA) expressed concern {that a} “untimely return” to pre-pandemic slot use guidelines for EU airways this winter might result in extra passenger disruption.

In a response to the Fee proposal, IATA Director Common Willie Walsh mentioned “the chaos we have now seen at sure airports this summer season has occurred with a slot use threshold of 64 p.c. We’re apprehensive that airports won’t be prepared in time to service an 80 p.c threshold by the tip of October.”

It’s reminded that the Fee has prolonged the airport slot aid guidelines – that launched because of the pandemic – till October 29.


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