Friday, November 25, 2016

Dubai Airports Clears Air on Slot Allocation for Indian airlines

Clearing the air on the controversy surrounding slot allocation for Indian carriers, Dubai Airports has said the slot allocation was being done by an independent agency.

“It’s important to understand that the assignment of traffic rights via bilateral agreements and slot allocation are two discrete processes,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.

“Traffic rights are negotiated between governments. Slot allocation is managed separately by an independent organisation at arm’s length and in accordance with international guidelines established by the International Air Transport Association. Specifically, Dubai International’s slots are allocated by an independent slot coordinator, Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), in accordance with IATA guidelines. ACL conducts slot allocation activities at other major international airports around the world as well.”

Dubai International is the busiest airport for international passenger traffic in the world, with 90 carriers connecting the airport to more than 240 global destinations with high demand for a limited supply of slots.
25/11/16 Defence Aviation Post

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