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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.

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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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The Norwegian group is a leading Nordic aviation company, headquartered at Fornebu outside Oslo, Norway. The company has over 8,200 employees and owns two of the prominent airlines in the Nordics: Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe’s Flyveselskap. Widerøe was acquired by Norwegian in 2024, aiming to facilitate seamless air travel across the two airline’s networks.

Norwegian Air Shuttle, the largest Norwegian airline with around 4,700 employees, operates an extensive route network connecting Nordic countries to key European destinations. In 2023, Norwegian carried over 20 million passengers and maintained a fleet of 87 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Widerøe’s Flyveselskap, Norway’s oldest airline, is Scandinavia’s largest regional carrier. The airline has more than 3,500 employees. Mainly operating the short-runway airports in rural Norway, Widerøe operates several state contract routes (PSO routes) in addition to its own commercial network. In 2023, the airline had 3.3 million passengers and a fleet of 48 aircraft, including 45 Bombardier Dash 8’s and three Embraer E190-E2's. Widerøe Ground Handling provides ground handling services at 41 Norwegian airports.

The Norwegian group has sustainability as a key priority and has committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions from its operations. Among numerous initiatives, the most noteworthy is the investment in production and use of fossil-free aviation fuel (SAF). Norwegian strives to become the sustainable choice for its passengers, actively contributing to the transformation of the aviation industry.

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