AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Schiphol Airport here will be
turned into a slot-controlled airport this year when carriers no
longer will have the automatic right to the departure and landing
times of their choice.
The airport is being forced to control slots because of the
increased demand from airlines to increase capacity at peak
At present, airlines can operate at any time without
restriction, with Dutch-flag carrier KLM performing the unofficial
role of slot coordinator.
Beginning in November, airlines will have to apply for slots and
go through an allocation system.
The airport said there were enough gates and runway capacity now
but admitted the situation was likely to change as capacity
It said the slot system will be similar to that adopted at many
airports around the world.