Case AT39964 Air France-KLM/Delta/Alitalia

  1. Overview
  2. Slot Release Procedure
  3. Key Dates for the Slot Release Procedure for IATA Summer Season 2020 Season
  4. Applications for slots for IATA Summer 2020 Season
  5. Applicants requiring anonymity
  6. Monitoring Trustee contact details


1. Overview

On 30 June 2015, the European Commission approved Smith & Williamson LLP as the Monitoring Trustee to monitor the implementation of the commitments given by Société Air France S.A (Air France), Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV (KLM), Delta Airlines, Inc (Delta) and Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A. (Alitalia) in order to close the Commission's investigation into their transatlantic joint venture agreement ("the Commitments"). The Commitments were made legally binding by a decision adopted by the Commission under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 on 12 May 2015.

The Commitments are available on the European Commission's website. The Commission’s Press Release of 12 May 2015 summarises the Commitments. Further information about the case can be found on the dedicated case page of the Commission.

The general responsibilities of the Monitoring Trustee are set out in section 5.2 of the Commitments. The specific responsibilities of the Monitoring Trustee with respect to each commitment are set out in the relevant sections of the Commitments.


2. Slot Release Procedure

The information provided below is intended only to draw attention of potential applications to certain sections of the Commitments. For avoidance of doubt, only the text of the Commitments as adopted by the Commission will be the reference text.

It is strongly recommended that any airline interested in obtaining slots from the parties pursuant to the Commitments should carefully review the text of the Commitments prior to completing the Application Form.

Under clause 1.3.1 of the Commitments, any applicant requesting slots under the Slot Release Procedure must first complete the three steps set out below, at least seven (7) weeks before the Initial Submission Deadline (“ISD”) for the IATA season for which the applicant is applying for slots:

(a) inform the Monitoring Trustee of its proposed slot request (indicating the arrival and departure times);

(b) submit to the Monitoring Trustee the list of its leased out or exchanged Slots at any airport for which it seeks Slots, together with the date at which the leases or exchanges were concluded; and

(c) request anonymity in accordance with Clause 1.3.5 of the Commitments, if it so wishes.

If the Applicant requests slots at a New York airport, it shall at the same time also apply to the FAA (or any other relevant U.S. government agency administering capacity limitations at JFK and EWR airports), for the Slots at both JFK and EWR airports in accordance with the applicable rules and procedures.


3. Key Dates for the Slot Release Procedure for IATA Summer 2020

Thursday 18 July 2019: The Monitoring Trustee opens the application procedure;

Thursday 15 August 2019 1800 UTC: Applications for slot request must be received by the Monitoring Trustee. (Applications for slots received after this deadline will be rejected.); and

Thursday 03 October 2019: ISD.


4. Applications for slots for IATA Winter Summer 2020 Season

The Monitoring Trustee is inviting applications for slots for the Winter 2019-20 Season on these routes:

Amsterdam – New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week departing from New York and up to 2 slots per week departing from and to Amsterdam). These departures slot from New York and Amsterdam and arrival slots from can only be used for the provision of Competitive Air Service on this Identified City Pair); and
Rome – New York (JFK or Newark airports) (up to 7 slots per week).

Applicants for slots are requested to contact the Monitoring Trustee at or to obtain a Slot Request Application Form.

Applicants for slots are entitled to request anonymity, as set out in clauses 1.3.1(c) and 1.3.5 of the Commitments.

Applicants that do not require anonymity for their Slot Request/s are strongly encouraged to also contact the relevant airport coordinator at the earliest opportunity, namely (i) SACN Airport Coordination Netherlands for Amsterdam Schiphol airport; (ii) Assoclearance for Rome airport; and/or (iii) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for New York airports (or any other relevant U.S government agency administering capacity limitations at JFK and Newark Liberty airports).


Prospective Applicants should contact Herman Vreeburg at

Stichting Airport Coordination Netherlands (SACN)
Evert van de Beekstraat 23
1118 CL Schiphol

T: +31 20 405 9730
F: +31 20 405 9731


Prospective Applicants should contact Carlo Frasca at

Piazzale degli Archivi 41,
00144 ROMA - ITALY

T: +39 06 81100539
F: +39 06 81100529/26
Telex Address (TypeB): ROMSPXH

New York

Prospective Applicants should contact Brian Meehan and and Bryan Bourgoin at:

Federal Aviation Administration
Office of the Chief Counsel
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20591

T: +1 202 267 6444 / 0968


5. Applicants requiring anonymity

Applicants who require anonymity under clauses 1.3.1(c) and 1.3.5 of the Commitments should contact the Monitoring Trustee only, using the email address with a copy to:


6. Monitoring Trustee contact details

AF-KL-DL-AZ Monitoring Trustee
Smith & Williamson LLP
25 Moorgate
London EC2R 6AY

T: +44 20 7131 4865 / + 44 7824 417 630
F: +44 20 7131 4001


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