The Commission is responsible for discharging Ireland's obligations in regard to European rules governing the allocation of slots at airports. Its roles are:
- to designate Community airports located in Ireland as schedules facilitated or coordinated as appropriate, and
- to appoint a schedules facilitator or coordinator as necessary.
At a schedules facilitated airport, a schedules facilitator assists the operations of air carriers who operate or propose to operate to or from that airport. At a coordinated airport, an air carrier may not operate in the absence of a slot allocated by the airport coordinator.
Dublin Airport is currently the only Irish coordinated airport. Following a full capacity analysis carried out in the latter half of 2006, the Commission designated Dublin Airport as coordinated from March 2007 onwards. All documentation in relation to that decision has been published and is available here. The Commission has appointed Airport Coordination Ltd, a UK company based at Heathrow, to act as coordinator until March 2016.
There are currently no schedules facilitated airports in Ireland.
The relevant European regulations are Council Regulation (EEC) No. 95/93, as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 793/2004.