Introduction to Air Transport Economics and Planning

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

This course is designed to provide a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of airline and airport economics and commercial planning, as well as addressing regulatory and policy issues.

Who is this course for?

Although we will cover a large amount of material, we have designed the course to be accessible to participants without detailed prior knowledge of the aviation business.

The course is ideal for:

  • new staff working in the air transport industry, for government or regulatory bodies or in aviation consultancy
  • employees with some prior background experience who wish to broaden their understanding of the industry and reflect on current developments
  • people working in related fields such as finance, economic development or tourism who deal with airline and airport issues

You will receive a detailed set of lecture notes and diagrams to accompany the course, which will provide a comprehensive source of material for future reference.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
25 January 2017 3 days Wednesday to Friday 9am–5pm £895 Book now

Course content

The course is based around lecture sessions, including questions and discussion, on the following topics:

  • introduction to the air transport industry
  • airline cost structures and cost analysis
  • the economics of low-cost airlines
  • airline pricing and revenues
  • airline corporate planning
  • the international regulatory framework
  • impact of deregulation
  • the politics of aviation
  • airport economics
  • the environmental issues
  • airport organisational structures
  • airport planning and terminal design
  • financial challenges facing the air transport industry

Workshops

The course also includes three workshop simulation exercises in which participants will:

  • examine the cost structures of different airlines around the world
  • develop a commercial strategy for a new entrant airline on a European route
  • consider the airport aeronautical charging regime for a system of airports and relate this to policy and business objectives

The course team

Dr Nigel Dennis is head of the Air Transport Unit, coordinating the aviation research and teaching activities at the University of Westminster. He has carried out consultancy work for many clients including British Airways, Ryanair, DHL, BAA and the European Commission, and has published numerous papers and articles. He is Course Leader of the MSc Air Transport Planning and Management and has taught airline planning on the existing Master's degrees for 20 years.

Dr Anne Graham is a Reader at the University of Westminster, specialising in airports and tourism. She is the author of the book 'Managing Airports: an International Perspective', published by Butterworth-Heinemann.

Additional speakers

  • John Twigg, Group Planning Director, Manchester Airport Group
  • Leonard Crosbie, former Airline Executive in financial management
  • Richard ChapmanManaging Director, Airport Design Consult Ltd
  • Andy Hofton, Consultant, Airline Dynamics Consulting
  • Ken Stevens, formerly Director Corporate Real Estate and Airport Affairs, Alaska Airlines
  • Kelly Ison, formerly Chairman Negotiating Committee, US Airways