Sydney Airport

How could the management of aircraft take-off and landing slots at Sydney Airport be improved?

Sydney Airport are looking for around 20 people to come together for one online discussion and two face-to-face sessions in February 2021, to consider this important question.

You need to be able to attend all three meetings (details below) and you will be paid $200 for your time and commitment plus reimbursement of parking or public transport costs.

Sydney Airport is contributing to a comprehensive Australian Government review of the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 including slot management, and it is interested in the views of the community.

Improving how take-off and landing slots are managed is a key focus for Sydney Airport. Some of the considerations of the review include:

  • Providing good access for airline passengers including consumer choice, convenience and regional NSW access
  • Ensuring efficient use of airport infrastructure
  • Managing the impacts of aircraft noise to maintain amenity and liveability for the Sydney community
  • Improving economic and employment outcomes for NSW, especially as the broader economy and aviation begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When will the Community Panel meet?

The panel will meet on three occasions in February 2021. To be eligible you must be available to attend all three sessions.

Tuesday 2 February 2021 from 6pm to 8pm via Zoom video conference

Saturday 13 February 2021 from 10am to 3.30pm at Sydney Airport

Saturday 27 February 2021 from 10am to 1.15pm at Sydney Airport

More information about the Community Panel and the issue of slot management at Sydney Airport can be found below.

Registrations will close at midnight on Friday 22 January 2021.

Recruitment for the panel will be handled by an independent organisation, Deliberately Engaging Pty Ltd, and your personal details will not be provided to Sydney Airport unless you are selected to be a member of the panel. You can contact Daren McDonald from Deliberately Engaging on 0472 761 324 or for more information.


How the Community Panel works

The Community Panel will be deliberative, with panel members working together to understand the key considerations and objectives of the Australian Government’s review and how this affects the community. The panel will have access to a wide range of information, hear from experts, and discuss what is most important to the community in improving the management of slots for landing and take-off at Sydney Airport.

The Panel will be independently facilitated to ensure that people with different viewpoints work together in a respectful manner and come to a shared position.

At the end of this process, the Community Panel will make recommendations to Sydney Airport. Sydney Airport will use these recommendations to inform its representations to the Australian Government during the review process.

The $200 payment that participants receive is an honorarium and is not subject to taxation by the ATO.

Who can be part of the Community Panel?

The Community Panel will consist of around 20 people. This invitation has been sent to randomly selected people from the Greater Sydney Area, from Vox Pop Labs. 

From those who register their interest, a sample of 20 will be selected to represent a range of demographics, including age, gender, location and use of the airport. You do not need to be a regular user of Sydney Airport to be part of the Panel.

If you are a current or past employee of Sydney Airport, an airline or the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, or if you are in paid political employment, you are excluded from participating on the Panel.

If you are selected to be on the Panel, Deliberately Engaging will notify you by email and follow this up with a call to explain how the process will run, answer your questions and identify any support you may need to participate.

What is slot management?

At Sydney Airport, slots are issued to airlines to allow them to take off and land at particular times. The maximum number of slots that can be issued is 80 per hour. This movement cap has been in place since 1997. 

Some of the key issues related to slot management are:

  • How the aviation industry and demand has changed since 1997
  • How the Sydney Airport Slot Management Scheme aligns with international standards 
  • How slots are allocated and prioritised between airlines and the impact on competition
  • Compliance and monitoring of the scheme. 

For more information about the Australian Government’s review into the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 visit: