Airport Extreme Weather Operations and Planning (classroom)



About the course

4-day (32 hours) classroom course

IATA Airport Extreme Weather Operations and Planning aviation training course

Severe weather conditions cause several million dollars of damage each year due to disruption and delays. Preparation is key to minimizing the impact on your operations. Through practical planning exercises and real-life examples, this one-of-a-kind course reviews operational obstacles due to weather and the solutions to address them. Explore planning tools and procedures that will help your airport respond to rare disturbances. Learn how to prepare your resources, equipment and staff to establish a proactive culture across your operations and organization.

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Course Code: TAPP-36

Course format


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of airport and ground operations.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced.
  • 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

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how adverse weather conditions produce complications
  • Build response and action plans that address the risks your airport faces
  • Minimize the impact of disruption and quickly return to normal operations
  • Strengthen cooperation between departments and operations to become more efficient in planning and response
  • Improve the allocation of resources, equipment and staff

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • The impact of weather conditions and other sources of disruption
    • Storms, heavy rain and floods
    • Extreme cold and heat
    • Strong winds
    • Low visibility situations
  • Resource and operations planning
    • Developing a response plan and action plan
    • Equipment, staff and special training
    • Testing readiness
    • Continuous improvement through self-assessment
    • Returning to normal operations
  • Communication and collaboration with third parties
    • Stakeholders you should involve
    • Communicating through the media
  • Airside operations
    • Runway operations
    • Ramp and passenger handling
    • Current and future regulations

Who should attend

This course is open to all operational managers and staff, including:

  • Station and ground operations managers
  • Airfield and airport operations managers

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.

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