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Norwegian - On Air episode #8: Slots

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Norwegian - On Air episode #8: Slots

You voted for slots to be the topic of the next episode of our podcast, Norwegian – On Air. And here it is! 

The airport slots Norwegian holds has a big impact on our passengers and for the company. Airport slots have been sought-after since the 1960s, when airports began to fill up. How is the system for allocating slots at constrained airports? According to the trade body, International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “slot allocation guidelines”, the slots from last season can be kept as long as it has been used at least 80% of the designated time. How is this practiced and how can delays impact whether an airline can hold on to their slots or not? What is really the value of a slot at a constrained airport like Paris, LGW or JFK?

And most importantly: How does Norwegian work to shape future policy for slots allocation to make sure competition stays fair?

In the latest episode, Head of Strategic Capacity and Slot Policy, Sebastian Pellisier, provides the answers to these questions and many more.



Norwegian is a listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange and is the world's fifth largest low-cost airline operating 500 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, the U.S and South America. In 2017, Norwegian carried around 33 million passengers. Norwegian has more than 10,000 employees and a modern, environmentally friendly fleet of more than 150 aircraft with an average age of 3.6 years. Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for six consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2018, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ four times from 2015-2018.

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Norwegian was founded in 1993 but began operating as a low-cost carrier with Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Since then, our mission has been to offer affordable fares for all and to allow customers to travel the smart way by offering value and choice throughout their journey.

Norwegian has been voted Europe’s Best Low-Cost airline by Skytrax for six consecutive years and won Airline Program of the Year Europe & Africa at the Freddie Awards for four consecutive years. Since 2012, Norwegian has won over 55 awards for our service, product, and innovation in the industry.

We were the first airline in the world to join the UN Climate Secretariat’s climate action-initiative in 2019, pledging to work systematically to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Norwegian operates a short haul network across the Nordics and to key European destinations providing customers with excellent quality at affordable fares.