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Latest update March 2020


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Latest update March 2020: In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and following strong industry pressure, including ERA advocacy and support, the European Commission has put forward a draft regulation that would grant an exemption for airlines from the 80/20 slot rule for a fast-track approval by the Council and the Parliament. The regulation to be adopted will allow co-ordinators to consider slots allocated for the period from 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020 as having been operated by the air carrier to which they had initially been allocated. In a letter ERA co-signed and sent to the attention of the transport ministers holding an extraordinary teleconference on 18 March, a statement is made that the proposal is a good first step but in order to provide greater legal clarity and predictability, but also to avoid seeking extensions on a rolling basis, member states should consider extending the waiver to the full length of the summer season (i.e. until the end of October 2020). 

18/09/2019: An analysis carried out in 2010-11 on the functioning of the Slot Regulation showed that the slot allocation system required improvements, however, the resulting recast process launched by the Commission failed to reach consensus on the way forward. As a result, nine years later, the slot allocation regime remains unchanged, whereas air transport is continuously evolving. This year, DG MOVE has commissioned a study to assess the current slot allocation regime and to explore future options for evolving the regime. As part of this study, ERA is participating in the ongoing stakeholder consultation.  

14/12/2016: Despite the Commission’s intentions, both the Dutch and Slovak Presidencies were unable to break the deadlock on the new draft legislation on Slots, proposed by the Commission in December 2011 and stalled at EU Council level owing to Spanish and British arguments over the status of Gibraltar Airport. It is worth emphasising that the recent draft text of EU Guidelines on Public Service Obligations (PSO) devotes an entire section (3.2.5) on the link between Regulation No 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports and the reservation of slots for PSOs.


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