The lack of airport slots (the time allocated for aircraft to land or take off), particularly at airports which experience congestion, have reached unmanageable proportions in recent years. The International Civil Organization (ICAO) records that, by the end of 1997, there were 132 slot controlled international airports, (118 year round and 14 during peak seasons). Between 1989 and 1998 the reported number of commercial aircraft in service increased by about 60% from 11,253 to 18, 139 aircraft. In 1998, 1463 jet aircraft were order, compared with 1309 in 1997, and 929 were delivered compared with 674 in 1997. In 1998, the total scheduled traffic carried by airlines of the 185 Contracting States of ICAO amounted to a total of about 1462 million passengers and about 26 million tons of freight. These figures are reflective of the rapidly increasing frequency of aircraft movements at airports, calling for drastic management of airport capacity. To cope with the demand, airlines are forming strategic alliances with themselves by utilizing such commercial tools as franchising, leasing and interchange of aircraft. The management of airport capacity through slot allocation is a critical consideration for the world aviation community. This article analyses the problem and discusses various issues related thereto.

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    • Abeyratne, RIR
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


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  • Accession Number: 00792846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 27 2000 12:00AM