Slot Coordinated Airports and the Impact on LCCs

Low cost airlines are increasingly flying out of slot coordinated airports. According to Eurocontrol low-cost flights grew by 61% (from 5,200 flights per day to 8,400 flights) between 2007 and 2016. Major low-cost carriers (including EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, Norwegian, Wizz Air) use a significant number of slots at congested airports (e.g. BCN, LGW, DUS, ORY, AMS). Facilitated by IATA, the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) have enabled LCC growth at slot-constrained airports, and despite a severe lack of airport capacity, European hubs remain the best connected in the world. Alternatives to the WSG have been proposed, but these would increase costs for airlines and reduce certainty and choice for passengers. Find out more: