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Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:57 pm
by mercure1
The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is increasing the number of slots at Zurich Airport starting summer of 2019.

Additional slots will be available on weekdays between 0545-0700 and 2100-2200.

This slight expansion of capacity is made possible by technical measures on the ground, which improve the safety and efficiency of operation.

Swiss has publicly criticized the capacity expansion at its home airport fearing the additional slots could increase the number of delays. Carrier says morning delays have a significant impact on the rest of the day. That's why only two years ago, the airline had thinned out its timetable during that time, and at the same time agreed with the airport that the number of slots in the morning should not be increased any further.

About 70 percent of slots at the airport is controlled by LH Group airlines.

http://www.airliners.de/airport-zuerich-slots/47042

Are they really concerned about delays, or more about competition if slots are utilized by competitors?

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:22 pm
by Dutchy
I would say competition :lol:

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:00 pm
by B747forever
Wow, 70% of all slots at such a high yield airport. LX/LH-group must be raking it in at ZRH.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:42 pm
by PSAatSAN4Ever
Question: What is the status of the curfew over German airspace on the approaches to Runways 14 & 16? The Germans are notoriously protective of their curfews (the crash of Crossair 3597 began with the last-minute change of runways into ZRH with the non-negotiable curfew), which would mean during curfew hours there could be only departures on 14 & 16, or only landings on 32 & 34, depending on the wind, with runway 10/26 picking up the slack.

If this is the case, I could see Swiss making the case that delays from over-scheduling in the conflicting runway scenario are contrary to their agreement with Zurich airport.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:58 pm
by aviationaware
mercure1 wrote:

Are they really concerned about delays, or more about competition if slots are utilized by competitors?


This is Lufthansa's newest tactic to limit competition and improve yields. They have also tried to have slots in Frankfurt cut by 2 per hour and as there is a Green government up for reelection next month, they actually have a good shot at this in Hesse.

What would be interesting would be to see if this new strategy has changed LH's position on a third runway in Munich, which Lufthansa was always a proponent of.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:01 pm
by dampfnudel
When you have a monopoly on flights at a high yielding airport/market like ZRH, you do what you can to hold on to it. You can’t blame LX.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:32 pm
by MIflyer12
How does the number of movements per hour 0545-700 and 2100-2200 compare to the peak hour of the day? There's your answer wrt limiting competition.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:40 pm
by jetwet1
Question

While I haven't been through Zurich this year, I spent a good chunk of time there last year, it never seemed overly busy, compared to say LHR, I took 20 flights through there and no delays, are the Swiss being overly conservative with the number of slots or did I just get lucky ?

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:47 pm
by airbazar
mercure1 wrote:
Are they really concerned about delays, or more about competition if slots are utilized by competitors?

I'd say both.
It is their hub so delays are more of a problem for them than anyone else. If things get bad they will be the most impacted and the fact that they have already trimmed their operations during that time tells me that delays are a real issue for them. So it would suck if someone else were to come in and make things worse for them, using the slots that they gave up specifically to prevent delays.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:51 pm
by DGVT
jetwet1 wrote:
or did I just get lucky


Depends whether your arriving or departing and how the weather is. I'd say delays occur between 8.00 and 11.00 when landing. Then the heavies departing between 12.00 and 14.00 can clog up the airport. Finally there are a lot of departures and landings between 16.00 and 18.00. The bad layout (crossing runways) coupled with change in winds can bungle up operations.

The points of these additional slots is to increase capacity outside of peak times.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:59 pm
by leader1
Just curious, but how many slots are there now and how many are they increasing to?

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:21 pm
by DGVT
leader1 wrote:
Just curious, but how many slots are there now and how many are they increasing to?


On average there were 5245 slots per week in summer 2018. They now want to add 4 departure slots in the morning, but only on weekdays, so plus 20 slots per week. The also want to add slots in the evening, but I don't know if they are departure or arrival slots and I don't know how many.

Here a quick overview over the situation in summer 2018:
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Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:43 pm
by DUSZRH
ZRH has a complex layout. In my experience, there are a lot of slot delays when there are easterly winds. In normal cases (westerly winds, I think like 90% or so of the times) it has a good on time performance.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:25 pm
by leader1
DGVT wrote:
leader1 wrote:
Just curious, but how many slots are there now and how many are they increasing to?


On average there were 5245 slots per week in summer 2018. They now want to add 4 departure slots in the morning, but only on weekdays, so plus 20 slots per week. The also want to add slots in the evening, but I don't know if they are departure or arrival slots and I don't know how many.

Here a quick overview over the situation in summer 2018:
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Thanks! I didn't know ZRH was capped at around 70 movements an hour. What's the general capacity of the airport?

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:33 am
by sixfootscream
Swiss was battling a lot of delays this summer, so they fears are rational.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:45 am
by cv990Coronado
Strange, how the EU was fixated on BA's % of slots at LHR, but 70% for LX/LH at ZRH doesn't.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:25 am
by LX2990
cv990Coronado wrote:
Strange, how the EU was fixated on BA's % of slots at LHR, but 70% for LX/LH at ZRH doesn't.

Switzerland and so on ZRH isn't part of the EU.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:45 am
by B747forever
LX2990 wrote:
cv990Coronado wrote:
Strange, how the EU was fixated on BA's % of slots at LHR, but 70% for LX/LH at ZRH doesn't.

Switzerland and so on ZRH isn't part of the EU.


Well, good thing then that the UK is leaving the EU.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:09 am
by sofianec
Why is it a good thing is beyond me. LH controls similar percentages of movements in both FRA and MUC, not to mention KL in AMS, all in EU.

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:47 pm
by LONGisland89
As mentioned, ZRH does have an increasing delay problem. LX seems to be justified in their concerns. https://bazonline.ch/zuerich/region/Swi ... y/26429766
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/a ... =own-posts