In March 2012, the European Commission (EC) granted regulatory clearance to the acquisition by International Airline Group (IAG) of British Midlands Limited (bmi), subject to Commitments entered into by IAG to release London Heathrow (LHR) slot pairs on selected short-haul and long-haul city pairs.
In order to resolve the competition concerns raised by the EC, IAG were obliged to make available at LHR, a maximum of seven (7) daily landing and take-off slots in order to facilitate the entry or expansion of operators on the routes between London Heathrow to Aberdeen and to Edinburgh, while a maximum further 5 slot pairs were made available on London Heathrow to Nice, Cairo, Moscow and Riyadh, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
During the Summer 2013 Season the process awarded 9 slot pairs meaning that 3 slot pairs are expected to be available for the IATA Season Winter 2013/14.
Please see the link for further details on the process that must be followed by airlines wishing to apply for these slots.
Published: February 2013