Efficient management and monitoring of airport slots is getting more and more challenging nowadays. Air traffic grows and so does the amount of fully coordinated airports. Moreover, airlines are confronted with increasing schedule / operational changes during the season resulting in an increased number of change messages.
Slot Management: Are you well equipped for your next Initial Submission?
Automate your Initial Submission process with our Slot Management solutions!
The complexity of tasks during the Initial Submission
The recognition of the historic rights issued by the coordinator plays a very important role in the airlines’ slot management process. Within this short period between receiving the SHL and the final Initial Submission date, the slot and / or schedule managers usually put a lot of effort in evaluating the coordinator’s SHL results against their own slot utilization calculations.
Especially for the Initial Submission Slot- / Schedule Manager therefore need to check all the airport slots held and required in order to achieve an optimum slot utilization. For a perfect preparation of the Initial Submission, it is necessary to
- Identify those slots where you can claim historic rights
- Agree on those historic slots that can be re-used again
- Evaluate the future slots needed for the new schedule
- Link needed slots to existing historic slots, then re-use / adjust / request new slots
Since it is one big task during the Initial Submission process to detect new slots and re-used slots, it might get critical for an airline if slots at certain airports might be left unused or even be lost due to human/manual error. Hence, especially the Initial Submission Slot-/Schedule Manager needs to be sure to have checked the entire airport slots held and required in order to achieve an optimum slot utilization.
In fact, this important task is still done many times in a manual ways. However, there is a way in omitting the manual writing of telexes and emails and using laboriously Excel® sheets. The following two Slot Management tools of Lufthansa Systems will help you to automate the Initial Submission process and reduce significant workload and errors:
How to automate the Initial Submission
NetLine/Sched Slot Manager improves the whole initial submission process by reducing significant workload and errors with fully and semi-automatic features and functions that allow automation in the :
- Historic Data (SHL) Collection,
- Linking of actual and historical slots
- Creating and sending the Initial Submission codes, or
- Slot Initial Allocation List (SAL) Message Processing
NetLine/Sched Slot Monitor will additionally support the Slot Manager by recognizing the influences of changes after slot return date to guarantee control of slot utilization and to prevent slot losses.
The benefits of an automated Initial Submission
With the use of the Initial Submission features of the NetLine/Sched Slot Manager, you can achieve optimum slot utilization with a minimum of manual effort by automating it to a high degree. This means:
- It supports you in the evaluation if you as an airline have the same understanding about the fulfillment / usage rates to remain the Grandfather Rights of a slot than provided by the SHLs of the coordinator
- It enables you to link easily an actual (or future official) slot set (which contains the current slots an airline needs) to a historic slot set (and highlighting the differences between both)
- It allows you an easy way of linking available historic slots with actual slots needed (ideally for optimizing and harmonizing the entire slot portfolio)
- It simplifies the (telex-)Communication with the coordinator utilizing some specific action codes typically only used during Initial Submission process (even considering deviations, if needed)
NetLine/Sched Slot Monitor will additionally support the Slot Manager by recognizing the influences of changes after slot return date to guarantee control of slot utilization and to prevent slot losses
Compatible with 3rd party systems
The NetLine/Sched Slot Manager is fully integrated into the NetLine/Sched Core scheduling function. However, if any other scheduling system is already in place, the application works perfectly with any other third party provider system.
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We will be also happy to demonstrate you how to automate your Initial Submission process or discuss with you how to improve your Initial Submission. Please get in contact with us.
Don´t miss the important dates for the next Initial Submission season
The preparation of the upcoming Initial Submission season is literally standing on the starting blocks. In order not to miss any important milestone within the next Initial Submission season, Lufthansa Systems kindly refer to the published deadlines published by the IATA (see image).
You can also download and print your Planning Calendar with the most important dates for the upcoming Initial Submission season here.
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