Case M.9287 Connect Airways / Flybe
- Slot Release Procedure
- Key Dates for the Slot Release Procedure for IATA Winter 2020-21 Season
- Applications for Slots for IATA Winter 2020-21 Season
- Applicants requiring anonymity
- Monitoring Trustee contact details
On 26 July 2019, the European Commission approved Smith & Williamson LLP as the Monitoring Trustee to monitor the implementation of the Commitments given by Connect Airways. The Commitments were made legally binding by a decision adopted by the European Commission under Article 6(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation on 5 July 2019.
The Commitments are available on the European Commission's website. The Commission’s Press Release of 5 July 2019 summarises the Commitments. Further information about the case can be found on the dedicated case page of the European Commission.
The general responsibilities of the Monitoring Trustee are set out in section 4.2 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 Prospective Entrants to certain sections of the Commitments. For avoidance of doubt, only the text of the Commitments as adopted by the European Commission will be the reference text.
It is strongly recommended that any Applicant would carefully review the text of the Commitments prior to completing the Slot Request Application Form.
Under clause 1.5.1 of the Commitments, any Applicant requesting the 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 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 Clauses 1.5.1 (c) and 1.5.3 of the Commitments, if it so wishes.
3. Key Dates for the Slot Release Procedure for IATA Winter 2020-21 Season
Thursday 27 February 2020: The Monitoring Trustee opens the Slot Release Procedure;
Thursday 26 March 2020 1800 UTC: Applications for the Slots must be received by the Monitoring Trustee (Slot Requests received after this deadline will be rejected); and
Thursday 14 May 2020: Initial Submission Deadline.
4. Applications for Slots for IATA Winter 2020-21 Season
The Monitoring Trustee is opening the Slot Release Procedure for Slots for the Winter 2020-21 Season on these routes:
- up to (5) five Frequencies per day in total on the Amsterdam-Birmingham route; and
- up to (3) three Frequencies per day in total on the Paris-Birmingham route.
Applicants for Slots at AMS and/or at CDG are requested to contact the Monitoring Trustee at Connect.Trustee@smithandwilliamson.com or to obtain a Slot Request Application Form.
Applicants for slots are entitled to request anonymity, as set out in Clauses 1.5.1(c) and 1.5.3 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 and (ii) COHOR for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
Amsterdam Schiphol airport
Prospective Applicants may contact Hugo Thomassen at:
Stichting Airport Coordination Netherlands (SACN)
Evert van de Beekstraat 23
1118 CL Schiphol
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
Prospective Applicants may contact Eric Herbane at:
ORLYTECH Bât 530
9, rue Hélène Boucher
91 550 Paray-Vieille-Poste
5. Applicants requiring anonymity
Applicants who require anonymity under clauses 1.5.1(c) of the Commitments should contact the Monitoring Trustee only, using the email address: Connect.Trustee@smithandwilliamson.com with copies to: Nasoul.Gopal@smithandwilliamson.com and Michel.Alexander@smithandwilliamson.com
6. Monitoring Trustee contact details
M.9287 Connect Airways / Flybe Monitoring Trustee
Smith & Williamson LLP
London EC2R 6AY
T: +44 20 7131 4865 / + 44 7824 417 630
F: +44 20 7131 4001
E: Connect.Trustee@smithandwilliamson.com; firstname.lastname@example.org and Michel.Alexander@smithandwilliamson.com