Slot Trading: The New Proposal Of The European Commission

slot tradingOn 1st December 2011, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive package of measures whose declared aim is, among others, to address capacity shortage at European airports. The so called “better airports” package covers three main areas: slots, ground handling, and noise.

This article focuses on the proposed recognition of a secondary market for slots and presents the evolution of the Commission’s position on this topic since the adoption of Regulation No. 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots.

If the overall proposal of the Commission on slots has been partially criticized by the associations of airlines, the recognition of a secondary market for slots has been welcomed by the entire industry as a definite step forward that would favor decongestion of heavily congested European airports.
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The Winds of Change are in the Air

By Matthijs Lamberts

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The combination of the current credit crisis with ever-increasing fuel prices makes that airlines are forced another time to decrease their operational costs. One way to accomplish this is by outsourcing business processes that are not part of the core business activity to dedicated third-party companies. It is expected that these developments will alter the strategic development of the ground handling sector in relation to the airport and airline sectors. In this article, the trends are discussed that will drive the strategic and operational development of the aviation industry in the oncoming 10-15 years. Based on this, a prediction is made on the strategic outlook of the global ground handling industry.

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Locked-in Logistics (PhD thesis)

By Dr. Pim Warffemius

This paper is about the agglomeration effect of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and its implications for location policy regarding the airport region. We focus on a specific case, namely the important concentration of European Distribution Centers (EDCs) around the airport. The traditional answer to the question why EDCs are attracted to the airport is due to the importance of having air transport services at their disposal. However, we show that this is only a partial answer and that economies of agglomeration are the most important determinants. Moreover, we show that the spatial economic development of the airport area needs to be accompanied by new insights concerning location policy.

This article is part of the collaboration between Aerlines Magazine and the Dutch Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM). 

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