NOCON is the Trustee approved by the European Commission for the monitoring of the Commitments given by Air Canada (AC), Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LH) and United Airlines, Inc. (UA) to the European Commission on 23 May 2013 (Article 9 decision in case AT.39595 Continental/United/Lufthansa/Air Canada).

The Commitments can be downloaded directly from the European Commission website using this link: Commitments

The Commission’s Press Release and Commitments Decision both of 23 May 2013 can also be downloaded.

Further information about the case is available from the Commission’s Case Page.

The general responsibilities of the Trustee are set out in section 5.2 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 1.3.1 of the Commitments at least seven (7) weeks before the Initial Submission Deadline (‘ISD’) for the IATA season for which they are applying for slots. The ISD for the IATA Summer Season 2023 is 06 October  2022 and, therefore, the deadline for applications is 18 August 2022.

The Trustee will open the applications process for the IATA Summer Season 2023 on 21 July 2022. Applications for slots for the Summer Season 2023 under the Slot Release Procedure of the Commitments must therefore be received by the Trustee by 6pm CEST on 18 August 2022. Applications received after this deadline will be rejected.

Availability of Slots for IATA Summer Season 2023

The Trustee is inviting applications for slots (7 frequencies, subject to third party frequency assessment) on the Frankfurt – New York route (JFK or Newark airports). 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 from the Trustee.

Contact details of the Trustee:

Dr. Wolfgang Nothhelfer
NOCON Nothhelfer Consulting Partnerschaft Diplom-Volkswirte
Rahel-Hirsch-Str. 10
10557 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 590083570

The Trustee is also available for any questions you may have with regards to the Commitments or the Slot Release Procedure.

Applicants for Slot Requests are allowed to request anonymity, as set out in Clauses 1.3.1(c) and 1.3.5 of the Commitments. Applicant Airlines that require anonymity under the terms of Clauses 1.3.1(c) and 1.3.5 of the Commitments should only contact the Trustee.

Applicant Airlines that do not require anonymity for their slot request/s at Frankfurt and New York are strongly encouraged also to contact (i) Airport Coordination Federal Republic of Germany (FHKD), for Frankfurt airport and (ii) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for New York airports (or any other relevant U.S government agency administering capacity limitations at JFK and Newark Liberty airports) at the earliest opportunity.


In the first instance, prospective Applicants should contact Armin Obert, whose details are provided below.

FHKD Airport Coordination Federal Republic of Germany
Terminal  2
Area E
Postbox 37 60549
Tel: +49 69 690 52321



New York:

In the first instance, prospective Applicants should contact the FAA. Details are provided below:

Federal Aviation Administration
Office of the Chief Counsel
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20591