Network Development and Management Diploma


This diploma provides the basis and practical know-how to effectively develop the skills required to achieve key commercial objectives. It comprises 3 required courses in network fleet and schedule planning, route forecasting and development, and airport slot management and coordination, as well as e-learning in aviation law fundamentals, all of which are designed to equip current and future network development and management professionals with the necessary tool-kit to make effective network decisions and contribute to the growth and profitability of their airlines. Depending on your intended specialization track, the diploma also offers an elective course in areas of airline business foundation, leading cost management strategies and aviation law for route network development.

Network design and management is one of the most critical areas of running a successful and profitable airline. It has a significant effect on almost all other areas of airline management, ranging from commercial sustainability (profitability, market share, route selection, customer proposition) to operational design (crew planning, aircraft maintenance, catering and third party services). Network development and management professionals have a special role in the organizational structure of every airline and require a wide-ranging skill-set and in-depth understanding of several commercial, regulatory and operational aspects of the aviation industry. Several leading C-suite executives in today’s airline industry have at some point in careers held positions in network development and management departments.

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Course code: DIPL-122

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of network management in airline business management and growth
  • Relate the various business models for network design and match demand with supply
  • Evaluate impact of aircraft and schedule choice on route profitability and understand route forecasting
  • Distinguish various operational and infrastructure constraints and understand slot coordination needs
  • Describe bilateral agreements, route rights and other regulatory aspects influencing network design
  • Implement successful network strategies and tactics to maximize profitability and market share

Key Topics

  • Network strategies and optimization
  • Supply and demand right-sizing
  • Strategic and operational analysis
  • Regulatory framework and route rights
  • Operational/infrastructure constraints
  • Competitor and market analysis

Who should attend

  • Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning Personnel including slot managers
  • Airline relationship management personnel from airports
  • Airline procurement personnel dealing with airport agreements
  • Airline FP&A personnel who deal with forecasting and capacity management


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 Required and 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

  • 4 Required courses
  • 1 Elective courses

Required courses

Airport Slot Management and Coordination (Classroom)

Learn how to apply the standard communication procedures from IATA's Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) to messages between airlines and slot coordinators.

  • English
  • Course

Aviation Law Fundamentals (e-learning)

An overview on aviation law exploring the nine freedoms of air, Warsaw System and Chicago Convention

  • English
  • Course

Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning (Classroom, 5 days)

Learn key route forecasting and scheduling techniques that will help you get the best use of your aircraft resources and fleet.

Route Forecasting and Development (Classroom, 4 days)

Learn methods for calculating the financial performance of different routes, forecasting cost and revenue drivers, and planning for the future development of your network.

Elective courses

Airline Business Foundations with Management Game (Classroom, 3 days)

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.

  • English
  • Course

Airline Leading Practices and Cost Reduction Strategies (Classroom, 5 days)

Review the leading practices of successful airlines from both the low cost and network carrier sectors. Learn procedures to maintain a viable cost reduction program within your organization.

Aviation Law for Route Network Development (Classroom, 4 days)

Demonstrate sound skills in applying aviation law in the context of route development and opening of new destinations

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