Airline Business Foundations (Classroom, 5 days)


Understand how the airline industry works with this introduction to its commercial, financial and regulatory structures.

If you’re a new airline recruit or an aviation company with airline clients, this course will bring you up to speed on key airline business practices to help you succeed in the industry. Learn about the internal organization of airlines, the airport environment, and the external bodies that regulate them to understand what shapes airline strategies.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

Course Code: TALG-01

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Entry-level
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

Next class

Airline Business Foundations (Classroom, 5 days)

United Kingdom, London (IATA)
11 - 15 May, 2020
Register before 20 Apr, 2020 for a USD100 discount
Please register by 20 Apr
All prices are before tax. Class no: 109578 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,750
USD 2,250
USD 2,500

3 additional classes are scheduled

Airline Business Foundations (Classroom, 5 days)

United States, Miami (IATA, ACCET Accredited)
13 - 17 July, 2020
Register before 14 Apr, 2020 for a 20% discount
Please register by 21 Jun
All prices are before tax. Class no: 109579 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,750
USD 2,250
USD 2,500


The IATA Training Center in Miami is ACCET Accredited

A regional course discount (up to 10% discount) is available for classroom courses at IATA Training Centers in the Americas (excluding Canada).

To claim the discount, enter 'LatAmTraining' in the promotional code field during your registration. The discount will be deducted automatically from the course price. This discount will be applied in addition to any qualifying early bird promotion.

Miami Training Center Information

Airline Business Foundations (Classroom, 5 days)

Singapore, Singapore (IATA)
20 - 24 July, 2020
Register before 21 Apr, 2020 for a 20% discount
Please register by 29 Jun
All prices are before tax. Class no: 109577 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,750
USD 2,250
USD 2,500

Airline Business Foundations (Classroom, 5 days)

Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
2 - 6 November, 2020
Register before 04 Aug, 2020 for a 20% discount
Please register by 12 Oct
All prices are before tax. Class no: 109575 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,750
USD 2,250
USD 2,500

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize an airline’s organizational structure
  • Identify airline business models and financial structure
  • Understand common terminology used throughout the industry
  • Explain the legal and regulatory framework

Course content

  • Airline finance and economics
  • Airline marketing strategies
  • Airline strategy and planning processes
  • Airline cost structure
  • Airport development and trends
  • Environmental challenges
  • Aviation industry overview

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Representatives from aviation-related companies conducting business with airlines
  • Airline business unit managers seeking to learn more about an airlines organizational structure
  • Managers new to the aviation industry

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Additional content


Anita Mendiratta, International Strategic Advisor in Tourism & Development, Special Advisor to the Secretary General, UNWTO

Travel, tourism and trade today represent the heartbeat of nations working to unlock future opportunity. Central to this is aviation - the major artery of globalization enabling markets and destinations to come to life, connecting geographies, cultures and commerce to enhance the lives of literally billions. For this reason is it critical that practitioners in Travel & Tourism, as well as Trade, understand how global aviation really 'works', both strategically and operationally. As an advisor in tourism development, IATA's Airline Business Foundation has proven to be a perfect course (for non-aviation and aviation people alike) to understand the fundamentals of airline industry development, design and decision making - essential knowledge to strengthen my own thinking around aviation-dependent tourism and trade development.

Course participant, Qatar Airways
This was one of the most enthralling and enriching training experiences since the program began in 2012. The technique and procedure in the way the training was managed and conducted stood out and was more appealing than any other I have participated in. It was a pleasure knowing and learning from you and your experience in the aviation world, a great opportunity, and hope to do it again.

Coventry University participant, Undergraduate Programme BSc (Hons) Aviation Management
IATA’s Airline Business Foundations course was fantastic in providing an overview of the business practices within the aviation industry. It was highlighted how vital it is to take into account continuous change and note the key challenges currently faced. Our instructor was excellent in relating their wealth of experience to the topics and identified how airline business models aim to achieve to the elusive goal of profitability. I would highly recommend this course!

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