The Heathrow Executive Jet Operators Association (HEJOA) has been granted leave by a UK court to challenge the slot allocation process introduced at London's Heathrow Airport on 6 May to control ad hoc charters.

A three-day judicial review is due at the end of June between HEJOA and Airport Coordination (ACL), an "independent" quasi-governmental organisation. The court will examine the method by which ACL arrived at its decision to replace the favoured opportunity slot system with its "damaging" new tactical availability system.

"We have been given the go-ahead to challenge the new process - if we are successful, ACL will be forced to find an alternative," says HEJOA. Business jet operators fear that the new system will disrupt and limit their operations. ACL declines to comment.

Source: Flight International