The SESAR JU-funded project SlotMachine aims to develop a solution, enabled by block-chain technology, to automate flight exchanges between different airlines. The research project comes at a time of growing economic pressure on airlines to find ways to minimize cost where possible.
The project will focus on the user-driven optimization in the allocation of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) slots to flights. ATFM slots are allocated times of departure, which are issued by EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager to regulate traffic in congested areas of airspace. Until now, simple exchanges between two flights from the same airline company have been possible. These are a helpful way for airlines to prioritize expensive flights in order to minimize delays and keep costs down.