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ACI World urges a global temporary suspension of airport slot requirements

Move would help airports and airlines recover faster once the crisis is over

Montreal, 17 March 2020 – As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, Airports Council International (ACI) World has today called for the alleviation of airport slot usage requirements.

Recognizing the ripple effects of pursuing disparate approaches across different countries and airports, ACI World urges a harmonized approach through a global temporary suspension of airport slot usage requirements until 30 June 2020.

ACI favours an ongoing flexible reassessment of the situation based on data-driven evidence.

This would enable carriers, especially network airlines, to adjust their schedules in a sustainable way and for airports to protect connecting traffic at hub airports and help safeguard connectivity worldwide.

“Passenger demand continues to slump as travel restrictions and bans come into effect and a temporary suspension would protect existing routes and schedules and enable airports and airlines to recover more quickly when the emergency is over,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said.

Along with the global temporary suspension, carriers are required to return slots within 24 hours of removing flights from booking systems.

Receiving more realistic flight schedules will also enable airports to take necessary measures to reduce operating costs proportionately.

Notes for editors

  1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, customer-centric and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2020, ACI serves 668 members, operating 1979 airports in 176 countries.

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