Airport Strategic Management Diploma



About the diploma

Combine courses in the areas of planning, management and business development for a complete overview of airport strategy.

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Diploma code:DIPL-13

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:
  • Gain strategic management tools and analysis methodologies from our experienced instructors
  • Address the key issues and opportunities in airport development and expansion
  • Manage operations and commercial units sustainably

Key Topics

  • The Airport as a business
  • Route and business development
  • Infrastructure planning for sustainable business
  • Management skill for airport managers

Who should attend

  • Airport managers focused on business strategy
  • Airport operators
  • Airport authority representatives


Candidates must complete 2 Required courses and 2 Elective courses within three years.

A passing mark of 70% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Complete all 2 Required and 2 selected Elective courses that make up the Diploma, within 3 years.
  2. Please contact us on our Customer Portal to request your diploma, stating the title of the diploma you are applying for and the list of courses you completed for that diploma.
  3. IATA Training will issue your diploma upon verification of your eligibility.

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 2 Required courses
  • 2 Elective courses

Required courses

Elective courses

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Airport Development and Infrastructure Design (classroom)

Learn IATA best practices and key principles from the Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM) to plan and expand airport infrastructure.

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Airport Financial Management (classroom)

Learn the essentials to manage a profitable airport: how to assess financial performance, control costs and analyze the impact of industry financial trends on airport strategy and operations.

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Airport Marketing & Corporate Communications Strategies (classroom)

Tools to maximize profit within your catchment area by attracting retailers and service providers. Learn to customize your marketing campaigns to bring in new airlines and higher flight frequencies.

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Airport Master Planning (classroom)

Learn strategic planning and design to help you plan for new infrastructure and land design that optimize airport operations and customer service.

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Airport Privatization and Transfer of Ownership (classroom)

Improve your overall understanding of the required actions and complexities involved in the transfer of airport operations or ownership from government entities to private sector investors and operators.

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Airport Route Development with Forecasting Simulation - Advanced (classroom)

The latest trends and strategies in route development and forecasting; how to develop markets, and work effectively and creatively with third parties in destination marketing.

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Airport Slot Coordination: Policy and Regulation (classroom)

Develop a better and balanced understanding of the challenges that the aviation industry faces as a result of insufficient airport infrastructure across all regions of the world.

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Airport Terminal Planning and Design (classroom)

Explore the principles of terminal design, optimal flows and capacity. Learn how infrastructure design can support your terminal operations.

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Airport Total Quality Management and Customer Service (classroom)

Learn how to develop a TQM strategy and quality culture that achieves organizational effectiveness across all airport operations.

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Cargo Business Development for Airports (classroom)

This course gives you fuel for your marketing campaigns and ideas for attracting new cargo business to your airport.

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Crisis Communications and Media Response for Airport and Station Managers (classroom)

Practical communication skills to manage media response in an emergency and crisis situation before the corporate media management response team takes over.

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Enterprise Risk Management for Aviation (classroom)

Learn about the IATA IRM methodology and obtain the tools to implement a risk management process within your organization – from corporate risks to operational-related risks.

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Human Resources Management (classroom)

Transform the human resources function to be an essential and effective partner in developing and executing your organizational strategy.

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Leadership Development and Succession Planning (classroom)

Lead talent development and plan the succession for the sustainability of your organization.

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Leading During Turbulent Times - How to Lead and Achieve Results (LIVE virtual classroom)

Focusing on crisis and change management learn to navigate during turbulence, providing you with tools to adapt to change

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Managing People Performance (classroom)

Gain the knowledge needed to bring out the best in the people you manage

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