Course summary

This short course examines the key factors of network planning and airline scheduling. Hubbing issues are investigated with consideration of constraints and challenges to network efficiencies and operations. The evaluation of new routes is explored. The implications of various aircraft, frequency, schedule and route choices are examined within the context of network optimisation.

At this course you will learn to critically evaluate the different aspects of network planning, especially in regard to hub development within the context of overall airline operations. We will look at various modelling applications in relation to different airline operations. And we will discuss how to use the flight planning efficiently to optimise an airport as an air transport hub.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at airline industry professionals in network planning, scheduling, commercial development, aviation consultants, airport professionals and aviation policy makers.

The course will critically evaluate the different aspects of network planning, especially in regard to hub development within the context of overall airline operations.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • develop schedules that meet market and operational needs and enhance connectivity at hub airports

  • critically assess aircraft selection and route planning to optimise network capacity and functionality and maximise fleet utilisation
  • appreciate the financial implications of various operational decisions within network planning and development

What is included in the course price?

The course fees include:

  • morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch each day 
  • a tour of historic London pubs on the Wednesday evening (participants pay for their own food and drink on the pub tour)
  • theatre visit on the Thursday evening

Seminar lecture notes will be given to all delegates on arrival.

Discounts and offers

*Early bird registration (by 3 April 2020): £845

Standard seminar fee: £895

Course structure

We are currently in the process of confirming the seminar programme for 2020. The programme from 2019, below, is for reference only and subject to change.

Day 1

  • 9:30am - 10:30am Optimisation of Schedules and Route Networks. Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • 10:30am - 11am Tea and coffee break
  • 11am - 12pm Revenue Analysis of Hub and Spoke Systems. Kelly Ison, Chairman Pilot Integration Committee, American Airlines
  • 12pm - 1pm Hubbing Strategies. Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • 1pm - 2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm Route Analysis - Theoretical Considerations. Frances Kremarik, Lecturer, University of Westminster
  • 3:30pm - 4pm Tea and coffee break
  • 4pm - 5pm Practical Applications of Network Planning. Peter Model, Network Planner, Lufthansa

Day 2

  • 9:30am - 10:30am Developments in Network Planning. John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting
  • 10:30am - 11am Tea and coffee break
  • 11am - 12pm Traffic Allocation and Market Share Analysis. Andy Hofton, Consultant, Airline Dynamics Consulting
  • 12pm - 1pm Schedules, Frequency and Capacity Data. Alistair Rivers, Client Services Manager, FlightGlobal
  • 1pm - 2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm - 5:30pm Network Workshop

Day 3

  • 9:30am - 1pm Network Workshop continues
  • 1pm Electronic submission of case as printed copy
  • 1pm - 2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop presentations

Course delivery

Our tutors

The course director is Frances Kremarik. Her research interests include the organisation of large-scale passenger surveys and analysis of the North Atlantic market.

Dr Nigel Dennis co-ordinates the Air Transport Research and Teaching at the University and has a long association with airline hubbing and scheduling issues. His PhD was on this topic and he has published widely on the subject and spoken at many international conferences. Research on hubs and airline networks has been conducted for organisations including British Airways, DHL, BAA (Heathrow), the new Berlin Airport and the Development Bank of Japan.


This course will run in spring 2021. Bookings will open in the upcoming months. If you have any questions about the course in the meantime, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.


This course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

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