Air Transport Scheduling and Network Planning

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

This Air Transport short course examines the key factors of network planning and airline scheduling. Discuss the major hub and network planning issues considering the constraints and challenges to network efficiencies and operations. The implications of various aircraft, frequency, schedule and route choices are examined within the context of network optimisation.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for airline industry professionals in network planning, airline scheduling and airline development, aviation consultants, airport professionals and aviation policy professionals.

Course content

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.

Courses open for booking

Start date


Day and time



11 April 2018

3 days

Wednesday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

£895 (£845 if booked 1 month in advance)

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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

Dr Nigel Dennis is a Senior Research Fellow and the course leader for the MSc Air Transport Planning and Management at the University of Westminster.
Nigel is a leading expert on hub scheduling and network analysis, and has been involved in many research projects including studies of hub performance and developments for British Airways and the BAA, and analysis of alternative network strategies for DHL. He has also produced long-term forecasts and simulated route network and airport operations for the UK Department of Trade, Industry's 'VANTAGE' project, and the new Berlin Airport. As a member of numerous professional association in Europe and the USA, Nigel regularly attends and presents at international conferences.