EU plans tighter slot rules for airlines

European Commission wants to improve efficiency at airports

In an effort to improve efficiency at Europe’s airports as capacity reaches the limit at major hubs, the European Commission has outlined plans to make better use of airlines’ flight slots. Airlines will have to use 85% of their allocated slots from 2014 in order to keep them, up from 80% under current rules. The new legislation would also bring in slot trading between airlines within the EU.
Five major hubs in Europe are operating at full capacity: Heathrow and Gatwick in the UK, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf in Germany, and Milan in Italy. This could rise to 19 airports operating at full capacity by 2030, according to the European Commission.
“Faced with intense global competition, if we do not change the way we do business, we may not be doing business at all,” Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said.
[pictured: Departures Hall, Dusseldorf International Airport]