Friday, March 08, 2019

Sale of slots will lead to uncertainty in airline operations: IATA

Sale of slots will lead to uncertainty in an airline's operations as well as harm established networks and future connectivity, according to global airlines' association IATA.
A senior IATA official also said re-allocation of slots midway through a season would "probably be too late to enable airlines to publish services and for airports to resource according to expected demand".
The International Airport Transport Association (IATA) is a grouping of around 290 carriers across the globe. Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara are also members.
Recently, Philip Ireland, Manager (World Wide Airport Slots) at IATA said sale of slots would lead to uncertainty in an airline's operations, which negatively impacts the ability of both airports and airlines to invest in future services and infrastructure.
"It would harm established networks and future connectivity, will compromise competition and create perverse incentives to a process that is fair, neutral and non-discriminatory today.
"Disabling entry for many carriers, who today are able to access congested infrastructure - this only serves to undermine competitiveness of Indian aviation," he told PTI recently.
08/03/19 PTI/Economic Times

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