Airport Slots and Slot Allocation: Driver for Mismatch between Airline Network and City Needs?Rapport
Aviation increasingly faces capacity challenges exposing inefficiencies and shortcomings of aviation related processes and systems. The European slot allocation system was designed in an era with little to no capacity constraints, now resulting in regulations not fitting in today’s developments.
The main actors taken traditionally into account when studying the system are the airlines, the coordinator or an airport. The region, of which the airport is part of, is never discussed. This article examines links between the slot allocation system and a region and it stresses whether there is a mismatch between the airport function and the needs of a region. To illustrate the potential mismatch in airline network and regional needs, the case study of Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) is used. The airport is designated as business airport, but according to Rotterdam is not serving the desired regional business needs in terms of destinations.
van den Brandt, M., Mujica Mota, M., and Boosten, G. (2014) Airport Slots and Slot Allocation: Driver for Mismatch between Airline Network and City Needs?, in the Proc. of INAIR’14, Prague, Czech Republic