Research for TRAN Committee - Airport Slots and Aircraft Size at EU Airports

15-06-2016

Congestion at major EU airports has led to a system of take-off and landings permits called ‘slots’. Airlines are allocated slots according to their previous use, through the ‘Grandfather Rights’ rule. This note shows that while this system impacts negatively on aircraft size, through phenomena known as ‘slot hoarding’ and ‘slot babysitting’, this impact is mitigated by the increase in traffic which brings about operation of larger aircraft.

Congestion at major EU airports has led to a system of take-off and landings permits called ‘slots’. Airlines are allocated slots according to their previous use, through the ‘Grandfather Rights’ rule. This note shows that while this system impacts negatively on aircraft size, through phenomena known as ‘slot hoarding’ and ‘slot babysitting’, this impact is mitigated by the increase in traffic which brings about operation of larger aircraft.