June 22, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Melbourne is set to host over 1,000 aviation delegates from around the world this November when the 151st International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference takes place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

The conference was confirmed by the Victorian Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula on Monday and is expected to contribute $4.7 million to the state’s economy.

IATA’s 290 airline members represent around 83 per cent of global air traffic. The Slot Conference is one of the association’s largest events, occurring twice a year, providing airlines and opportunity to sit down together to work through scheduling and capacity issues at the world’s busiest airports. In November, 230 airlines from around the world are expected to meet in Melbourne.

“Being the host city for this major aviation conference will help keep Melbourne front of mind for airlines to boost their flight services to Victoria,” said Pakula, of the event win.

MCEC chief executive said the venue was “thrilled” to be hosting the conference.

“Both the events and aviation sectors have faced significant challenges over the past two years, but with the world opening up again, both are returning at an exciting pace,” said MCEC chief executive Peter King.

“MCEC is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring both these sectors together and welcome international visitors to our venue and show them what we, and the wider City of Melbourne have to offer.”