Rise in Traffic Forces Schiphol to Control Slots

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 times.

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 increases.

It said the slot system will be similar to that adopted at many airports around the world.

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