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Slot Procedures at Hong Kong Airport VHHH/HKG

Slots coordination in Hong Kong airport

A slot is an authorization to either take-off or land at a particular airport on a particular day during a specified time period to prevent repeated delays that result from too many flights trying to take off or land at the same time.

Slots may be administered by the operator of the airport or by a government aviation regulator such as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Landing slots are allocated in accordance with guidelines set down by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Airport Slots Group.

Slot allocation is only regulated at ‘coordinated airports’. These airports have insufficient capacity to meet actual or planned airline operations.


Why slot management is important for an airline manager?

Because it helps manage slot changes without wasting any available slots as schedules change. And, as changes happen, will help you to avoid losing historic slots for the next year. Preventing Errors Ensures slot requests are complete and accurate according to IATA standards.


Key Principles of Slot Allocation at Hong Kong International Airport HKIA:

  1. Slots are allocated to airlines by the Coordinator for planning purposes at VHHH/HKG.
  2. Slots can only be allocated to airline/aircraft operators.
  3. An airline/aircraft operator must have a slot allocated to it before operating at HKIA except for the types of operations listed in Annex 1 of the HKSCG.
  4. Airline/aircraft operators must not intentionally operate services at a significantly different time or intentionally use slots in a significantly different way than allocated by the Coordinator.
  5. A series of slots is at least 5 slots allocated for the same or approximately same time on the same day-of-the-week, distributed regularly in the same season.
  6. An airline is entitled to retain a series of slots for the next equivalent season if they were operated at least 80% of the time during the period for which they were allocated. This is referred to as historic precedence.
  7. Historic slots may not be withdrawn from an airline to accommodate new entrants or any other category of aircraft operator. Confiscation of slots for proven intentional slot misuse will be subject to the provisions.
  8. Slots may be transferred or swapped between airlines, or used as part of a shared operation.
  9. The Coordinator will act in a neutral, transparent and non-discriminatory way.
  10. The allocation of slots is independent from the assignment of traffic rights under bilateral air service agreements.
  11. Airline/aircraft operators and the Coordinator will use the IATA Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) message formats for communications at HKIA.
  12. Slot times are based on the planned on-block (arrival) and off-block (departure) times.
  13. All activities involving slots, including the determination of historic slots, are in UTC, unless otherwise agreed.
  14. Monitoring of the use of allocated slots will be performed by the Coordinator.


Partnering up with a reliable flight support provider like iJET will help to operate your flights seamless without any delay or error obtaining the slot upon arrival/ departure at Honk Kong Airport (VHHH/ HKG) and obtaining landing permit .


Slot Monitoring

Slot monitoring is the continuous process of reconciling the operations of airline/aircraft operators to the slots allocated by the Coordinator at HKIA.

Slot monitoring phases:

  1. a) Pre-operation analysis: is a recommended process by WASG that will help identify and prevent potential slot misuse prior to the day of operation.
  2. b) Post-operation analysis: will help determine whether misuse of slots has occurred and whether airlines achieve historic precedence for the following equivalent season.




Slot Coordination Process:

All scheduling-related messages emailed to the Coordinator, such as Slot Clearance Request (SCR) for new slots or revisions to existing slot clearances, must be in compliance with message formats specified in IATA Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) Chapter 6. Standard-format message with file attachments or special characters will be rejected.


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Types of Operations Exempted from Obtaining Slot Clearances

  1. Emergency Situation including diversions and the subsequent departure flight or quick returns after take-off and the subsequent departure within 24 hours.
  2. State Aircraft including Heads of State flights, flights carrying Government Ministers, or flights carrying visiting dignitaries from abroad on an official visit.
  3. Military Flights including military flights carrying supplies or on mission.
  4. Humanitarian Flights including medical emergencies, donor flights, search and rescue, and air ambulance flights.
  5. Hong Kong Government Flying Service flights.
  6. Technical Flights – including Radar and ILS calibration flights, aerial survey flights, radio frequency interference (RFI) and NAVAID check flights.


iJET provides multiple services at Hong Kong International Airport VHHH/HKG the main airport in Hong Kong and home to one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings for the following:

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