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Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Mexico to apply global standards for the management of airport slots to maximize the country’s air infrastructure and ensure its flourishing air industry remains competitive.
The recently-proposed slot system by Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission COFECE deviates from global standards in the following ways:
Worldwide Slot Guidelines
Consumer interests are served by airlines operating efficiently based on global standards. The IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG), are the global standard for slot allocation and use. The WSG ensures that individual airlines can operate their schedules under the same set of rules on all of the routes in their network. And that assurance translates into consumer benefits through efficient and reliable operations.
“The full implementation of WSG is needed to manage the precious capacity at the key Mexico City hub as well as other Mexican airports. WSG brings efficiencies that are critical for all airports—especially those with severe capacity constraints such as Mexico City. Aviation is vital to Mexico—contributing a million jobs and $38 billion annually to the country’s economy. The full and immediate implementation of WSG is critical to ensure that Mexico can benefit even more from aviation,” said Peter Cerda, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas.