Air Transport Scheduling and Network Planning

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

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.

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 .

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)

Book now

Course Fees

Early bird registration (by 9 March): £845
Standard Seminar Fee: £895
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.


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 seminar is one of a number of short courses organised by the Department of Planning and Transport at the University of Westminster. Each course provides an in-depth analysis of a topical issue through a limited number of high class, detailed presentations. 

The Department of Planning and Transport has been involved with air transport research, consultancy and teaching for 40 years. The University's association with aviation goes back much further however as it was here in the 19th Century that Sir George Cayley first demonstrated the principles of flight.

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.

Wednesday 11 April 


Optimisation of Schedules and Route Networks
Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster

10.30–11 Coffee
Airport Capacity Issues: Scheduling and Network Considerations 
Dr Guillaume Burghouwt, Strategist, Royal Schiphol Group 
Hubbing Strategies
Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
1–2.30 Lunch
Route Analysis
Laura Faucon, Network Planner, Virgin Atlantic Airlines
3.30–4 Tea
Route Analysis (workshop)
Laura Faucon, Network Planner, Virgin Atlantic Airlines


Thursday 12 April 

Revenue Analysis of Hub and Spoke Systems 
Kelly Ison, Chairman Pilot Integration Committee, American Airlines
10.30–11 Coffee
Route Evaluation Measures
Andy Hofton, Consultant, Airline Dynamics Consulting
Developments in Network Planning
John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting
1–2.30 Lunch
2.30–5.30 Network Planning Workshop


Friday 13 April 

9.30–1 Network Planning workshop continues
1–2.30 Lunch
2.30–4.30 Workshop presentations