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Important aviation conference for allocation of slots to be held in Hamburg in 2016

Around 600 experts from the aviation industry are expected to attend the IATA Slot Conference at CCH

The 138th Slot Conference of the airline organisation IATA, the International Air Transport Association, will be held in Hamburg from 21 to 23 June, 2016. Following on the heels of the World Passenger Symposium 2015, this is the second IATA event to take place here. Around 600 aviation industry experts are expected at IATA’s biggest event, which will be helod at CCH – Congress Center Hamburg.

Forum for the allocation of slots

Every airport operates on the basis of scheduled aircraft movements. It is essential to daily operations and to the functionality of the airport that take-offs and landings take place according to plan. This is regulated by means of slots. These slots, therefore, constitute a fundamental basis for the production of airline timetables, as without the appropriate take-off and landing rights, a flight cannot be operated. The aim of the 138th IATA Slot Conference is to provide a forum for the process of allocating slots at fully coordinated airports. Timetables for the northern winter will be discussed and put together at the conference in June.

Important aviation location

The Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) arranged for CCH to serve as the venue and supported the event organiser in block hotel bookings and in finding sponsors. HCB was also able to support the organiser in arranging and conducting site inspections and in obtaining a Letter of Intent from the Mayor, Olaf Scholz. The regional industry cluster, Hamburg Aviation, helped bring all substantial local aviation partners on board.

The second important IATA event in Hamburg

“I am truly delighted that our aviation cluster exerts such a pull on conferences at a national and international level, such as the IATA Slot Conference,” comments Senator Frank Horch, Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation. “The word has got around in the aviation industry that the world’s third-largest aviation location is a good place to do valuable networking, initiate cooperative projects, and exchange know-how.”

“We are very happy for the city and, of course, for Hamburg’s aviation industry, that we could win a second major IATA event for Hamburg so soon after the World Passenger Symposium” says Thorsten Kausch, Managing Director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) and of Hamburg Marketing GmbH (HMG). “The IATA Slot Conference is living proof that the city is an important player in the international aviation industry.”
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The Hamburg Convention Bureau

As a direct subsidiary of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) combines local competence with a broad spectrum of expertise in B2B events such as conferences and congresses, all the way up to major public events. The Bureau is responsible for the global marketing of Hamburg as a conference and congress venue as well as for enhancing the city’s international profile with image-boosting public events.

Hamburg Aviation

Hamburg is one of the biggest locations in the global aviation industry, with more than 40,000 highly qualified specialists. Alongside the two giants of the industry, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, and Hamburg Airport, there are more than 300 suppliers and a wide range of technological and scientific institutions, all contributing know-how and expertise. In order to drive the location forward, companies, universities, associations, the economic authority and other partners have joined forces in a cluster known as Hamburg Aviation.

In 2008, Hamburg’s aviation cluster was recognised as a Leading-Edge Cluster by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2014, Hamburg Aviation was granted the GOLD Label by the European Commission’s ECEI Initiative, honouring it as one of Europe’s best-managed clusters.

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