- From November 17 to 20, 2020, the city will host the 147th IATA Slots Conference, the largest allocation event for worldwide airport slots for airlines
- The event involves about 1,200 professionals from the airline industry, representing 230 airlines operating in 85 global airports
Barcelona will host the 147th IATA Slot conference, one of the largest events organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to be held between November 17 and 20, 2020. This will be the second time the Catalan capital will have hosted this event organized by the IATA – which represents and leads 90% of airlines around the world – and with the cooperation of local institutions.
The objective of this conference is the allocation of slots available at airports to airlines around the world so that they can define flight schedules for the next season. In the same way, during this type of meeting, work is carried out to reach a consensus on the necessary time adjustments, in order to adapt them to the capacity of each airport. Likewise, several talks will be held and the participants will also be able to visit exhibitors with stands related to the airline industry. Although it is a technical event, airlines and airports make the most of the opportunity for meetings of a strategic nature for the development of air routes.
The 147th IATA Slot conference means, for the Catalan capital, receiving around 1,200 airline professionals from all over the world, representing 230 airlines operating in 85 airports. The IATA Slots Conference takes place every six months, in June and November. Barcelona held an earlier edition of the conference in June 2012.
In the edition scheduled for 2020, IATA has chosen the International Convention Center of Barcelona (CCIB) to host bilateral meetings between representatives of airports and airlines in which take-off and landing authorizations have been established, the main motive of the meeting. In addition, the Networking dinner will take place at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona – Les Drassanes – and relevant local, national, and international institutional representatives are expected to attend.
The promoters and sponsors of this event are Barcelona Turisme, Barcelona City Council, and AENA. The Barcelona Air Routes Development Committee (BARDC), which considers the celebration of the conference in the Catalan capital to be of great importance, has kept up its constant collaboration in order to enable Barcelona to host this international air transport forum.
Source: BARDC Secretariat 2019
Barcelona Air Route Development Committee