SESSION THREE: ROADMAPS TO MANAGE SCARCE CAPACITY – THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF SLOTS (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Many airports find themselves in a predicament where a surge in air transport demand is outstripping the infrastructure available to accommodate growing markets. However, when existing airport infrastructure is not used to its optimal capacity, the resultant allocation of resources will be inefficient, generating delays, weakening connectivity and reducing the quality of service for aviation stakeholders. However, many airport operators have very little say in how slots are allocated.
What are the challenges and pitfalls of the current global slot allocation regimes and guidelines, on both a regional and global level? How can aviation stakeholders work together to overcome some of these capacity challenges in the interest of the traveling public? From a pure economic perspective, what is the best approach to allocating slots over the short and long term?
Chair: Mattias Finger Swiss Port Chair in Management of Network Industries, EPFL
Eric Herbane, Managing Director, COHOR
Gunter Heinrich, Head of Flight Schedule Management, Traffic & Terminal Management, Fraport
Denis Sparas, Case Handler, European Commission, DG Competition
Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Aviation Advocacy
Patty Clark, Senior Advisor to The Aviation Director for External Affairs, The Port Authority of New York, New Jersey