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Airport Coordination Netherlands allocates slots at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport


Publication capacity declaration EIN W17

21 April 2017

The capacity declaration for EIN W17 has been published on the page http://slotcoordination.nl/declared-capacity.


Air France-KLM merger – Slot Release Procedure for IATA Winter 2017-18 Season

On 11 February 2004, the European Commission adopted a Decision adopted by the Commission under Article 6(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation in relation to the merger between Air France and KLM (the "Merged Entity”). The Decision made the Commitments offered by the Merged Entity legally binding in case COMP M.3280. 

Under the Commitments, the Merged Entity offered to make landing and take-off slots on Identified Long-Haul City Pairs (Paris-Detroit, Amsterdam-Atlanta, Paris-Lagos, Amsterdam-Lagos) and on Identified European City Pairs (see below) to enable competing airlines to operate a daily service on these routes.

For avoidance of doubt, only the text of the Commitments as adopted by the Commission will be the reference text.

Applications for slots for IATA Winter 2017-18 Season

Smith & Williamson LLP has been appointed by the European Commission as the Monitoring Trustee to monitor the implementation of commitments given by the Merged Entity.

Following an assessment of the Identified City Pairs under these Commitments, the Monitoring Trustee is inviting applications for slots for the IATA Winter 2017-18 Season on the following routes:

Long-Haul City Pairs*
• Paris –  Detroit: one (1) frequency per day (min. 6 slots / max. 7 slots per week);
• Amsterdam – Atlanta: one (1) frequency per day (min. 6 slots / max. 7 slots per week);
• Paris – Lagos: one (1) frequency per day (min. 6 slots / max. 7 slots per week); and
• Amsterdam – Lagos: one (1) frequency per day (min. 6 slots / max. 7 slots per week).

European City Pairs **
• Paris –  Amsterdam: up to 42 frequencies per week / up to 6 frequencies per day;
• Lyon – Amsterdam: up to 18 frequencies per week / up to 3 frequencies per day;
• Marseille –  Amsterdam: up to 14 frequencies per week / up to 2 frequencies per day;
• Toulouse –  Amsterdam: up to 14 frequencies per week / up to 2 frequencies per day; and
• Bordeaux – Amsterdam: up to 12 frequencies per week / up to 2 frequencies per day.

(* Please note that, as explicitly mentioned in the Definitions section of the commitments in Case AT.39964 AF-KL-DL-AZ,  the slot commitment for the Amsterdam-New York route in Case M.3280 is superseded by the commitments in Case AT.39964 for the duration of the AT.39964 commitments to 12 May 2025.  Applicants for slots on the Amsterdam-New York route in the period up to 12 May 2025 are advised to refer to this link.)

(**on some routes in the IATA Summer Season there may be a lower number of available slots under the Commitments.)

Airlines who wish to apply for slots on these routes must follow the procedure set out on the Monitoring Trustee's dedicated website, available here:

http://smithandwilliamson.com/case-compm3280-air-france-klm

Published: 20 April 2017


SHL Distribution Dates

Distribution dates of SHL messages for all airports coordinated by Airport Coordination Netherlands:

 RTM 13APR17
 EIN 13APR17
 AMS 14APR17


Working procedure non-historical night slots S17

05 April 2017 (update)

The capacity declaration of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) for S17 (published on www.slotcoordination.nl)  stipulates that "The upcoming legally binding limits on the number of aircraft movements […] 32,000 for the night period […] are considered as targets that should not be exceeded when releasing and allocating slots that are not eligible for historic precedence.” Airlines should take into account that night slot availability may reduce in respect of previous seasons due to this target and increased demand.

ACNL is of the opinion that it is the responsibility of the slot coordinator to allocate slot capacity as determined in the capacity declaration and that ACNL is not able to comply with a target in a number of actual night movements, as these can be the result of factors outside the coordinator’s control. Due to the fact that the framework of the current night model does not provide adequate tools and given the working procedure as applied in the past seasons, ACNL applies this working procedure for allocating non-historic night slots for S17. This working procedure will be updated after each specified communication date.


Online coordination S17

04 April 2017

Airport Coordination Netherlands herewith informs you that from now AMS S17 is accessible for online coordination.


GA coordination

04 April 2017

Airport Coordination Netherlands herewith informs you that the restrictions for General Aviation (14 days prior to ops) are no longer in place.

For more information regarding General Aviation please see the Working procedure.


Communication 2017/001

Monitoring on 80% usage of series of slots during night time

In the Working Procedure S17 Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL) has announced in article 4.1 that starting W17 the 80% usage of series of slots in the night time will be monitored. ACNL wishes to clarify this change in respect of the current way of operating and the possible impact for airlines.
The Council Regulation (EC) No 95/93, as amended, is leading for the allocation of slots by ACNL. This Regulation stipulates in article 10, paragraph 2 that at least 80% of the slots which have been allocated to an airline have to be operated to be entitled to the same series of slots (80/20 rule) in the next equivalent scheduling period.

Until now, ACNL has been monitoring the 80% usage of series of slots only in the day time. Although not in line with the Council Regulation, this practice did not seem to be problematic for the night time until S17. However it could be argued that monitoring on 80% usage of total number of slots instead of series of slots might be discriminatory because it is easier for airlines to hold the entitlement to historic slots. Moreover, in the capacity declaration for S17 a planning limit has been added for the total number of departures and arrivals. Continuation of the current way of operating may lead to exceeding of the planning limit.

Therefore, ACNL will start to strictly monitor the usage of slots during night time in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 95/93, as amended, article 10, paragraphs 2 and 4. By doing so, close monitoring of the 80% usage of series of slots during the night time may help to not exceed the planning limit. Airlines may evaluate the impact of this monitoring of the 80% usage of series of slots through www.e-airportslots.aero and warn and note messages sent by ACNL.


Working procedure: Instructions for slot requests for Commercial and General Aviation

Message updated: 05 April 2017

The working procedure ‘Instructions for slot requests for Commercial and General Aviation’ as published on www.slotcoordination.nl stipulates the definition of commercial and general aviation from the Local Rule Schedule Coordination for General Aviation (GA) at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This working procedure gives an instruction in which message format slots for both commercial and general aviation shall be requested.

The working procedure stipulates in which message format and with which STC code each type of traffic shall be requested. ACNL can only follow the Local Rule and cannot give further interpretation on the meaning of ‘positioning flights which are directly linked to the operation of these flights [commercial aviation, red.]’. As such it is the responsibility of the airline to act in conformity with the definitions of the Local Rule and the working procedure.

ACNL cannot give any exemptions in the case requested slots for e.g. positioning flights cannot be allocated within the planning limit or the nominal operation runway capacity is referred to in art. 1.2 of the working procedure.

Airlines may choose to change/revise slots from their slot portfolio to accommodate e.g. positioning flights, however airlines have full responsibility in terms of the impact on the 80% calculation of usage of series of slots affected.

Airline can request access to the GA GCR request functionalities in e-Airportslots through the e-Airportslots contact form if deemed necessary.

Download: Working procedure for slot requests for commercial and General Aviation (pdf)


Waitlist update – confirmation request

According to the WSG 8th edition article 9.14.2 ACNL will send out your outstanding requests for the waitlist of S17 on 14MAR17. You are requested to confirm the outstanding requests are fully up-to-date at the time your confirmation is received by ACNL.

If no reply received before 21MAR17 ACNL will consider the waitlist no longer valid and delete the outstanding requests from the waitlist.


GA Coordination S17 update

As of S17 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol introduced a limit on the seasonal volume. Unlike previous years ACN in not allowed to overbook with the result that 10,000 slots (Commercial Aviation) were waitlisted without an allocated slot(time).

According to the EU Regulation ACN should give priority to Commercial Aviation to be able to allocate handback at the times that are currently waitlisted. Due to this reason the coordination of General Aviation will only be processed 14 days before the flight will take place. 


Capacity declaration RTM S17 version 2

An updated version of the capacity declaration for RTM, season S17 will be effective as from March 9, 2017. Changes in this capacity declaration have been announced in the Coordination Committee through email.


Air France-KLM / Delta / Alitalia Transatlantic Joint Venture – Slot Release Procedure for IATA Winter 2017-18 Season

On 12 May 2015, the European Commission adopted a decision under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 in relation to the transatlantic joint venture agreement between Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta (‘the Parties’). The decision made the commitments offered by the joint venture parties legally binding (case AT.39964).

Under the commitments, the Parties offered to make landing and take-off slots available at Amsterdam and/or New York airports (JFK or Newark) to enable competing airlines to operate a daily service on the Amsterdam-New York route, as well as slots at Rome and/or New York (JFK and Newark) to enable competing airlines to operate a daily service on the Rome-New York route.

Applications for slots for IATA Winter 2017-18 Season

Smith & Williamson LLP has been appointed by the European Commission as the Monitoring Trustee to monitor the implementation of commitments given by the Parties.
The Monitoring Trustee is inviting applications for slots for IATA Winter 2017-18 Season on the following routes:
    • Amsterdam– New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week)
    • Rome – New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week)

Airlines which wish to apply for slots on these routes must follow the procedure set out on the Monitoring Trustee's dedicated website, available here:

smithandwilliamson.com/business/services/forensic-services/monitoring-trustee-services/case-at39964-air-france-klm-delta-alitalia

Published: 23 February 2017


Working Procedure S17

Due to the fact that overbooking of the total seasonal volume as set in the capacity declaration is no longer allowed as per S17, Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL) is necessitated to describe how it will manage this new situation. For S17 there is a planning limit (total number of slots available for allocation and eligible for historic precedence, provided that all applicable requirements are met, as determined by the slot coordinator) that equals the capacity. All slots within the declared  capacity (see publication on www.slotcoordination.nl) have been allocated at the SAL. This situation is new and is likely to continue. Slot allocation in these new situations is challenging and requires strict adherence to principles, rules and procedures as laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 95/93, as amended, taking into account the IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG), current edition. By publishing this working procedure S17, ACNL wants to clarify how applications and requests are dealt with.”


WARN & NOTE messages from HBD S17

In accordance with IATA WSG art. 8.6.2. Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL) as per HBD S17 has started to send out WARN & NOTE messages.
With this type of messages ACNL informs airlines of series of slots with percentages approaching the 80% rate (WARN) compared to HBD, as well of the situation when a series of slots compared to HBD has dropped down the 80% rate (NOTE).


Telephone Consultation

ACNL introduces weekly consultation hours to cater to your questions regarding slot application and slot monitoring. You will be able to speak directly with a Slotcoordinator.The answers provided are only for information purposes.
 
Office hour times:
Every Wednesday between 14:00 to 16:00 (AMS LT)
 
Please note:
Only Applicable for slot applicants (airlines and aircraft operators).
Requests for changes of slots will not be accepted by phone.
Should the line be busy we kindly ask you to try again.
Outside the office hours the slotcoordinator can be reached by sending an email to info@slotcoordination.nl


GA coordination S17

As of S17 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol introduced a limit on the seasonal volume. Unlike previous years ACN in not allowed to overbook with the result that after the initial allocation initially 60,000 slots (Commercial Aviation) were waitlisted without an allocated slot.

According to the EU Regulation ACN should give priority to Commercial Aviation to be able to allocate handback at the times that are currently waitlisted. Due to this reason the coordination of General Aviation is not possible at this moment.

ACN will publish an update regarding the situation and development two weeks prior to the start of S17.


S17 capacity- Update
31 January 2017
 
Actual remaining capacity from W16 will NOT be added to the S17 capacity before EoS W16

According to the Capacity Declaration AMS S17, the difference between the declared capacity and the actual number of movements in W16 may be added to the capacity on S17 on a non-historical basis.

ACNL requested Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to already release part of the unused capacity in W16 for allocation on a non-historical basis in S17, anticipating on the closing of the W16 season.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol however decided not to release any W16 capacity before the closing of the season. 


Slot Return Deadline

With reference to Art. 10, par. 3, of EU Council Regulation 95/93, and par 9.15.1 of the IATA WSG I would like to strongly urge you and remind you:

1. that airlines MUST return all series of slots that they do not intend to operate at a level 3 airport (i.c. AMS, RTM and EIN) no later  than the Slot Return deadline date of 15 January 2017;
2. that ad hoc cancellations should be made on or before the Historic Baseline Date of 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2017 (WSG par. 9.15.2).

Note that SACN will maintain a list of airlines that return series of slots after the Slot Return Deadline (WSG 9.15.3). This list will indicate the total number of slots held by each airline on the Slot Return Deadline, compared with the total number of slots held by each airline at the start and end of the season, to show the percentage of each airline¿s holdings at the airport on these dates.
Care will be taken in interpreting these figures as they may include the cancellation of slots for operational reasons (for example, closure of airport or airspace) or commercial reasons (for example, public holidays).


Online Coordination

AMS S17 online coordination will be not possible until further notice. (Until then accessible in read-only modus however possible to retrieve e.g. SIR, WIR).

EIN S17 & RTM S17 online coordination is now possible.


New procedure W16 - GA EIN

As per the start of IATA Winter Season 2016 (30 OCT 2016), general and business aviation at Eindhoven Airport will no longer be slot coordinated. More information


Requests for night slot

Since the number of unplanned night movements has been increasing continuously and substantially over the past period,  with effect from July 1st , 2016 ad hoc night slot requests will no longer be granted during the remainder of S16 in order not to exceed the total number of night movements allowed. 

Introduction
 
•         The maximum capacity in operational year 2017 (1 Nov 2016 – 31 Oct 2017) is restricted to 500,000 movements.               
•         This cap may NOT be exceeded                                                             
•         Hence the declared capacity for W16 and S17 has been determined at 185,000 and 313,740 slots (total 498,740).
•         Within this capacity a target of 10,000 actual night movements (excluding General Aviation) for W16 should be taken into account for the allocation of night slots that are not eligible for historic precedence (non-historic/ad hoc night slots).
 
Non-historic/ad hoc night slots in W16
 
•         Non-historic/ad hoc night slots are allocated in anticipation of hand back of historic night slots and unused night movements1
•         This allocation is based on a prognosis
•         A reliable prognoses can be made once the W16 season has developed for several weeks.
•         ACN decided to wait till the winter season has further proceeded in order to have more reliable results before allocating non-historic/ad hoc  night slots for the remainder of W16
 
1 night slots2 that have been used but did not lead to a night movement3
2 night departure slot: Departure slot in the period 21:40 – 05:59 UTC
   night arrival slot: arrival slot in the period 22:00 – 06:19 UTC
3 night movement: departure or arrival with a runway time in the bracket 23:00 – 06:59 Local Time.  

 
Process
•         Currently no non-historic/ad hoc night slots are being allocated
•         Airlines are urged to continuously keep their waitlist up to date according to their actual demand
•         ACN will publish an update about the situation and developments via this website.


Out of office 

When Airport Coordination Netherlands is not available, slot management can be done via www.e-airportslots.aero


Air France-KLM / Delta / Alitalia Transatlantic Joint Venture – Slot Release Procedure for IATA Summer 2017 Season

On 12 May 2015, the European Commission adopted a decision under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 in relation to the transatlantic joint venture agreement between Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta (‘the Parties’). The decision made the commitments offered by the joint venture parties legally binding (case AT.39964).

Under the commitments, the Parties offered to make landing and take-off slots available at Amsterdam and/or New York airports (JFK or Newark) to enable competing airlines to operate a daily service on the Amsterdam-New York route, as well as slots at Rome and/or New York (JFK and Newark) to enable competing airlines to operate a daily service on the Rome-New York route.

Applications for slots for IATA Summer 2017 Season
Smith & Williamson LLP has been appointed by the European Commission as the Monitoring Trustee to monitor the implementation of commitments given by the Parties.
The Monitoring Trustee is inviting applications for slots for IATA Summer 2017 Season on the following routes:

  • Amsterdam– New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week)
  • Rome – New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week)

Airlines which wish to apply for slots on these routes must follow the procedure set out on the Monitoring Trustee's dedicated website, available here:
www.smith.williamson.co.uk/monitoring-trustee/case-at-39964

Published: 21 July 2016


Online Portal

https://e-airportslots.aero

Please use our portal e-Airportslots for your online slot management.

The Portal has the following functionalities: retrieve flight, add flight, modify flight, waitlist, slot availability etc.

Full access* will be granted to:

  • Any airline requesting one, provided it has a valid operating license and AOC. The applying airline might be requested to send a copy of the operating license and AOC; 
  • Slot coordinators and facilitators requesting one for the airport(s) of their country;
  • (GA) operators (NB a GA operator can either apply for slots through e-Airportslots , or through a handler at AMS. A combination is not possible.)

Read access shall be granted to

  • any Civil Aviation Authority and other national and local authorities requesting one for the airport(s) of their country;
  • any ANSP requesting one for the airport(s) of their country;
  • any Airport Management Body requesting one for its airport(s);
  • slot coordinators and facilitators for other airports than the one(s) of their country.

In principle no access shall be granted to other entities such as brokers, fuel companies, catering firms, consultancy companies, journalists, community organisations, independent agencies, etc.

The application form to apply for access can be downloaded here.

All technical support questions and problem reports shall be sent to register [@] e-airportslots.aero (or use the button Help > Contact us when logged in in e-Airportslots). Questions concerning AMS, RTM or EIN coordination can be sent to the coordinator using the contact form http://www.slotcoordination.nl/contact.asp.


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Schedules Calendar

Activities during Summer 2016 & Winter 2016/2017

  • 31AUG2016   Historics Baseline Date
  • 12SEP2016    SHL Deadline
  • 29SEP2016    Agreed Historics Deadline 
  • 06OCT2016   Initial Submission Deadline
  • 25OCT2016   IATA AppCal opened to coordinators
  • 27OCT2016   SAL Deadline (no later than)
  • 31OCT2016   IATA AppCal opened to airlines
  • 08NOV2016   IATA SC139 in Atlanta (until 11NOV)
  • 15JAN2017    Slot Return Deadline
  • 31JAN2017    Historics Baseline Date

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Transparency

On this website you will find general information about all stages of the allocation process as well as detailed information relating the actual situation at the three coordinated airports.

With reference to Article 4 , paragraph 8, of Council Regulation 95/93 as amended, SACN will share information regarding historical slots, requested slots, allocated slots, remaining slots and details on the criteira being used in the allocation with interested parties only.  Within the European Airport Coordinators Association the following entities are considered as "interested parties":

  • The airport managing body with respect to data for the coordinated airport for which it is responsible (the airport has to prepare for the operation of the coordinated flights)
  • The appropriate ATC/ATS office and Eurocontrol for the same reasons
  • Air carriers and other operators (including general aviation) using the airport regularly
  • European, national or regional authorities, the latter for their respective airports, having a genuine interest in receiving the schedule information according to article 4.8 of the EU Slot Regulation
  • Other members and regular observers of the coordination committee in charge of the airport concerned in order to assist them with their duties at the coordination committee
  • Air carrier associations, provided they are members of the coordination committee of the airport concerned.
     
     

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