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Welcome to Cross The Pond: Westbound 2021!

It's that time of the year again and you've had your chance to choose which airports will take part in this rendition of the iconic CTP event.

Airfield voting has now closed and your votes have been counted!

Below is the final list of confirmed airports that will facilitate your flights on Saturday April 24th!


  • Manchester - MAN/EGCC with some supplementary flights from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL)
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - AMS/EHAM
  • Brussels Airport - BRU/EBBR
  • Frankfurt Airport - FRA/EDDF
  • Dublin - DUB/EIDW
  • Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup - CPH/EKCH
  • Milan Malpensa Airport - MXP/LIMC
  • Lisbon International - LIS/LPPT
  • Oslo Airport - OSL/ENGM


  • Toronto-Pearson Intl - YYZ/CYYZ
  • Boston-Logan International - BOS/KBOS
  • John F. Kennedy International - JFK/KJFK
  • San Francisco International - SFO/KSFO
  • Washington Dulles International Airport - IAD/KIAD
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport - ORD/KORD
  • Miami International - MIA/KMIA
  • Lynden Pindling International Airport - NAS/MYNN
  • Denver International Airport - DEN/KDEN

We all look forward to seeing you for CTP: Westbound 2021 on April 24th. Stay tuned for more information!



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You are now able to submit your preferences to be entered into our slot lottery: https://ctp.vatsim.net/reservation. You have from now until 2300 UTC on 13th April to submit your preferences. This post will explain what is available and how the lottery works therefore enabling you to make an informed choice as to what to select. To maximise your chance, we suggest you read my guidance on route pairs and times.

How does the lottery work?
After the 7 days are over, we will process out everyone's choices at random* and allocate out as many slots as possible. After this, we will open up the remaining "unallocated slots" at 2000 UTC on 15th April for people to book. After you have an allocated slot, you cannot select another without 'dropping' your previous, which you can do at any time.

*This iteration of the lottery will give a slight bias towards pilots that entered last year's lottery but didn't get a slot. In the next iteration of the lottery (i.e. the next event in 2021) we will also give a negative weighting to pilots who didn't turn up on the day for their slot (i.e. didn't drop it for someone else to pick up).

What if I don't get a slot?

We will be asking you not to fly across the North Atlantic (Shanwick, Gander, Santa Maria, NY and Reykjavik OCAs) in the event window if you don't get a slot. The event has become very popular over the years and it becomes difficult to make sustainable with the unpredictability of non-event traffic. If you do choose to fly despite this request, you can expect significant delay on the ground before departure as we prioritize booked traffic.

However, once the lottery is over and slots are open to bookings, there are lots of people who drop their slots as they are no longer able to fly. You can therefore check back regularly on the bookings page to see what opens up.

What airport pairs and times should I choose?

Regulars of our event will notice that not every airport pair is available and that the times extend beyond the normal event window.

Our airport selection this year has chosen some airports that depart to a limited number of locations to increase the traffic flow and slots we are able to offer. You should be aware that Heathrow has the lowest number of departures by a significant margin. You would therefore be reducing your chance of a successful slot if you select all Heathrow routes.

We are also departing earlier at certain fields and later than others. I would therefore advise you to consider the following in your selection of time windows, depending on your departure airport:

  • 1000-1030 slots are only from LIMC and EDDF
  • 1030-1100 slots are available from LIMC, EDDF, EKCH, EHAM, EBBR (i.e. not EGCC, EGLL, EIDW, LPPT)
  • 1100-1500 has routes from all airports
  • There is no LIMC traffic after 1500
  • There is no EDDF traffic after 1530
  • 1600-1630 slots are only from LPPT, EIDW, EGLL, EGCC

I just want a slot and I don't mind where/when.

If this is you, then the citypairs with the most available slots are:

  • ENGM to KDEN
  • LPPT to KMIA
  • LPPT to MYNN
  • ENGM to KSFO
  • EKCH to KDEN


Join the discussion over on our dedicated forum post and on the VATSIM Community Discord server linked below:

Forum: https://vats.im/ctpdiscussion

Discord: https://community.vatsim.net/ (You can gain access to the CTP channels through the #role-selection channel.)




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