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

Discounts and offers

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

Standard seminar fee: £895

Course structure

Day 1

  • 9.15–9.30am Welcome
  • 9.30–10.30am Optimisation of Schedules and Route Networks. Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • 10.30–11.00am Coffee
  • 11.00am–12.00pm Current Developments in Airline Networks. John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting
  • 12.00pm–1.00pm Hubbing Strategies. Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • 1.00–2.30pm Lunch Break
  • 2.30–3.30pm Airport Capacity Issues: Scheduling and Network Considerations. Dr Guillaume Burghouwt, Strategist, Royal Schiphol Group
  • 3.30–4.00pm Tea
  • 4.00–5.00pm Revenue Analysis of Hub and Spoke Systems. Kelly Ison, Chairman Pilot Integration Committee, American Airlines

Day 2

  • 9.30–10.30am Route Analysis – Theoretical Considerations. Frances Kremarik, Lecturer, University of Westminster
  • 10.30–11.00am Coffee
  • 11.00am–12.00pm Traffic Allocation and Market Share Analysis. Frances Kremarik, Lecturer, University of Westminster
  • 12.00pm–1.00pm Practical Applications of Network Planning. Neil Cottrell, Formerly Head of Network Planning, British Airways
  • 1.00–2.30pm Lunch Break
  • 2.30–4.30pm Network Workshop

Day 3

  • 9.00am–1.00pm Network Workshop Continues
  • 1.00pm Electronic submission of case as printed copy
  • 1.00–2.30pm Lunch Break
  • 2.30–4.30pm 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.


The Early Bird Discount is available if the course is booked more than four weeks before the start date*.

Start date
Mode of delivery
Day and time

Mode of delivery

Onsite classroom

Day and time

Wednesday - Friday


3 days


£895 (£845*)


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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