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Gatwick Vs Stansted Slots

Wed May 17, 2000 11:16 am

This is the background for my question:

A new airline wants to start major services into London, beginning with 10-15 flights per day, increasing flights to at least 30-35 per day by the one-year mark.

The question:

If that airline described above wanted to start 10 fights per day into London right from the start, would it automatically (or with very little waiting time) be granted desirable slots into Gatwick and/or Stansted, or would it have to wait for quite a while in order to obtain that many slots?


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RE: Gatwick Vs Stansted Slots

Wed May 17, 2000 3:54 pm

E mail me, my father is the Head of the Schedule coordination and vice pres. of the European Slots Comittee.
If you are serious about starting a business, contact him, he will be able to give you the best advice on starting an airline (he helped Citybird get of the ground too).
Stansted and gatwick are only good if you plan to start a leisure/lowcost airline though...

Airport Coordination

Thu May 18, 2000 12:33 am

I hope I've got a link to a site that will help you,

Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) is an independent organisation which undertakes the allocation of aircraft take-off and landing slots on behalf of UK airports, in accordance with UK and European Commission regulations and IATA scheduling procedures. ACL is the world’s first independent agency responsible for slot allocation – in most countries this work is still undertaken by the national carrier or largest airline at the airport – and other European countries , including France and Denmark, have used ACL as a model for establishing their own similar organisations. ACL is an administrative body and does not involve itself in matters of policy, although it is called upon from time to time to submit its views on policy issues and to participate in consultation procedures

ACL is an independent Company owned by 11 of the UK's leading airlines who each own one share in the Company and make a contribution towards its operating costs. ACL is a non-profit making organisation.

Current owners are KLM uk, British Airways, British Midland, Britannia, Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, Air 2000, Airtours International, CityFlyer Express, JMC, GB Airways.

The site should be of use, it even lists "spare" slots at Standsted and Heathrow (not Gatwick, sorry)

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RE: Gatwick Vs Stansted Slots

Fri May 19, 2000 5:54 am

My experience would suggest STN no problem, as there are peak time slots available (flights seem to go in clusters, madness for ten minutes then nothing for ten minutes) and the authorities are encouraging growth there so would be eager to help. LGW yes problems, it's pretty full butif you aren't too fusy you'd get something workable, excluding the early morning business rush and lunch time, but you wouldn't get that many given the fact LGW is so close to capacity. From memory, I think you have to apply about six months in advance of start up with many airlines applying for several airports as a kind of speculative bet (like African Star who wanted LGW but applied for LGW and STN to hedge their bets, in the end they got the LGW slots they wanted). The big problem for either airport is terminal space, STN and LGW are pretty full for most of the day.