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UK aviation shaping its own destiny as airport slot reform consultation launched

Old 5th Dec 2023, 13:50
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UK aviation shaping its own destiny as airport slot reform consultation launched

Following its departure from the EU, UK aviation is no longer shackled by an outdated slot regime and can now take a more tailored approach that works best for businesses and passengers across the country.

The reforms being consulted on will include proposals for new ways to manage slot capacity and how they are allocated to airlines.

This includes limiting slot leasing, so instead of larger airlines monopolising slots, they can be allocated to other competitors if not used after a set period allowing for newer or smaller airlines with possible cheaper prices to receive favourable slots and make the process more dynamic. The reforms also aim to give more powers to respond to crises, making the industry more resilient and efficient in times of uncertainty.
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Old 5th Dec 2023, 14:01
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If a Tory MP is saying it will be better for business... it invariably wont be, it'll just be better for someone's off shore bank balance.
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Old 5th Dec 2023, 14:19
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My reaction was exactly the same. i read it and thought that looks interesting but as soon as I saw Gov.uk realised it is most likely another pathetic benefit of Brexit which doesn't really exist or does exist but is offset by many more negatives
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Old 5th Dec 2023, 14:41
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That's exactly how it works in the EU...
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Old 6th Dec 2023, 14:27
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I would not be so hasty.

Slottery at airports has been a huge hassle over the years and at the same time a plan economy kind of environment, which may be reasonable to some extent to avoid overloading airports but at the same time has taken a lot of flexibility out of air travel too.

If someone makes an effort to look into it and to see how it can be improved and where necessary amended, I'd give them a chance. At least some of what was written there does not sound too daft, particularly the part about booking and not using slots, which is a practice to keep competition away. And there is more.

It's not unknown that you can encounter times on airports where there is no traffic worth mentioning, yet the slottery tools claim that there is no more slot available today.... That kind of waste needs to be addressed. Doesn't really matter who does initiate the discussion, but it's good to see that it's finally open rather than being set in stone.
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Old 6th Dec 2023, 19:38
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But it hardly sounds like something that will make a massive difference to air travel and certainly isnt a another world leading Brexit benefit.

Surely in the global world of airline travel what one state does matters little because you cannot change things unilaterally there are always two parties or more involved in every major decision.
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Old 7th Dec 2023, 14:44
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Alternatively, it will be used as a method to penalise U.K. based airlines to the advantage of non U.K. airlines. Standby for more U.K. pilot jobs to be exported to the M.E.
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Is this related to the new LHR shareholders from the Middle East? Wouldn't this mostly hit BA?
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