The Commitments, the Commission’s Press Release and case related information can be downloaded directly from the European Commission’s Case Page:


The general responsibilities of the Trustee are set out in section 6.2 of the Commitments. The Trustee also has specific responsibilities with respect to each commitment which are set out in the relevant sections of the Commitments.

Slot Release Procedure

Under the Commitments, an Applicant requesting slots under the Slot Release Procedure is first required to follow the three steps set out in Clause 1.4.1 of the Commitments at least seven (7) weeks before the Slot Request Submission Deadline (‘SRSD’) for the first IATA season for which they are applying for slots. The SRSD for the IATA Summer Season 2021 is Thursday 8 October 2020 and therefore the deadline for applications is 10 September 2020.  

The Trustee opened the applications process for the IATA Summer Season 2021 on 3 September 2020. Applications for slots for Summer Season 2021 under the Slot Release Procedure of the Commitments must be received by the Trustee by Close of Business (COB) on Thursday 10 September 2020. The COB deadline for applications is 6pm British Summer Time (BST). Applications received after this deadline will be rejected.

Under the Commitments, Applicants are entitled to apply to operate the following city pairs:

  • London – Aberdeen
  • London – Edinburgh
  • London – Nice
  • London – Cairo
  • London – Moscow
  • London – Riyadh

For the Summer 2021 season, five (5) slot pairs will be available for each day of the week. In addition there will be four (4) slots pairs available on Saturday only and two (2) slot pairs available on Sunday only (41 slot pairs in total). These slot pairs may be used for operations on London Heathrow-Aberdeen, London Heathrow-Edinburgh, London Heathrow-Nice, London Heathrow-Cairo, London Heathrow-Moscow and London Heathrow-Riyadh only. The details of the application and selection procedure are set out in Clause 1.4 of the Commitments. However, potential applicants showing interest are advised of the fact that the rights to these slots on offer are subject to an ongoing dispute and therefore may ultimately not be available for applicants or be subject to return by any successful applicant.

To facilitate the submission of Slot Requests and processing of application information, the Trustee has prepared a Slot Request Application Form, a copy of which may be requested by emailing the Trustee at:





Applicants for Slot Requests under the Slot Release Procedure are allowed to request anonymity, as set out in Clauses 1.4.1(c) and 1.4.3 of the Commitments. 

Applicant Airlines that DO NOT require anonymity for their slot request/s at Heathrow Airport are strongly encouraged also to contact Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) at the earliest opportunity. ACL is responsible for the coordination of slots, service and infrastructure requirements at Heathrow Airport. In the first instance prospective Applicants should contact Richard Cann or Ingrid Hainy at ACL, whose details are provided below.

Airport Coordination Ltd
240 London Road
TW18 4JT
United Kingdom


+44 (0)20 8564 0600


+44 (0)20 8564 0691







Applicant Airlines that REQUIRE ANONYMITY under the terms of Clauses 1.4.1(c) and 1.4.3 of the Commitments should ONLY CONTACT THE MONITORING TRUSTEE through the email addresses provided above.

Other contact information for the Monitoring Trustee:

IAG-bmi Monitoring Trustee                       
FAO Lisa Cutting
Mazars LLP
Tower Bridge House
St Katherine’s Way


+44 (0)20 75 8417 0044