It goes without saying that airport management and airline management go hand in hand. There are many cross over points, there are many similarities and a huge number of considerations that impact both domains. An understanding by the airport and airline managers of the issues facing the other domain is a major benefit to graduates of both disciplines.
Airports are an integral part of the entire aviation system. Airport performance impacts the operating airlines, stimulates the economic growth and maintains stability in the region. AIRPORT Online allows students to experience the planning, growth and management of an airport. The logistics of constructing an airport to meet the needs of an area, and, on a timeline to make it functional and fit for purpose is a challenge long before the economic and operational issues come to the fore. Airport Online enables the student to gain experience in this complete time line while also gaining better understanding of the impact of the airports decisions on the airlines operating into the airport, the businesses and the passengers expectations of the experience. A successful airport manager must have complete oversight on the business realities of commercial, public and industrial drivers on the economic success of the airport.
With such attention being paid to the airports profits and retail options, the travelling public could sometimes times be forgiven for thinking that airports don’t actually need airlines at all and could exist as flash, shiny shopping malls. You may laugh, but can you remember the last time you entered a modern airport and were not guided through a maze of duty free shopping opportunities before trying to find the sanctuary of an airline lounge?
Some may say that the airline manager has by the far the more glamorous job, global travel, reaching to the far horizons, luxury & service but the reality is often far from the truth. Constantly scrutinised by shareholders, often the target of vitriol from the travelling public, the constant push and challenges by competitors to modernise while the business needs to cut costs often leaves the airline running at a loss. Whether the airline is a legacy carrier, a premium service airline or a Low Cost Carrier, economics is at the core of the operations while maintaining the highest safety standards. The airline manager must understand the impacts of fleet planning, passenger comfort and services, yield management, demand and load factors of sectors flown while keeping an eye on fuel prices, global political and natural events. The list of issues and priorities is long and complex. AIRLINE Online allows your students to explore each of these business domains and experience the scheduling, configuration, maintenance, marketing and industrial relations & staffing issues.
The administrator has complete control over AIRLINE Online and AIRPORT Online, the administrator controls all the variables ranging from fuel prices, demand stimulation, aircraft type and availability. The administrator controls the levers to influence the challenges and learning outcomes for each student.
AIRLINE Online and AIRPORT Online are an ideal duo for your aviation management programs.