Airline Management of Low-Cost Carriers: How to make this model successful (classroom)



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About the course

3-day (24 hours) classroom course

IATA Airline Management of Low-Cost Carriers: How to make this model successful aviation training course

Become a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) specialist with comprehensive knowledge to establish or manage a successful and sustainable LCC. In this course, you will learn how to evaluate markets and assess their readiness and capacity for the entry of a new LCC, how to manage route seasonality, pricing, distribution models and regional specificities. Over 3 days you will turn analytical skills and strategic thinking into management action, while learning about the genetic code of a successful Low Cost Carrier. You will dive deep into market scenarios, management theory and airline business models that form the basis of a typical Low Cost Carrier start-up and examine why LCC are not always successful and how failures happened.

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Course code: TALG-26

Course format


  • Recommended level is Intermediate.
  • 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.

Next class

Airline Management of Low-Cost Carriers: How to make this model successful (classroom)

Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
7 - 9 October, 2024
Register before Jul 07, 2024 to take advantage of the 20% Early Bird discount (only for payment by credit card or ICH)*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 02 Sep
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All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 201297
USD 1,260
USD 1,620
USD 1,800

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Interpret the key passenger airline business models
  • Recognise key market parameters
  • Describe the strategic approach behind a LCC
  • Explore how an LCC is successfully set up
  • Evaluate the limitations LLCs are facing
  • Discuss recent developments of the business model

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • LCC economics
  • Traffic and profitability, including regional perspectives and developments
  • What makes an LCC successful: cost base comparison, ancillary, operations, customer, and marketing.
  • The future of LCCs – what are their priorities?


  • Case studies
  • Compare and contrast the LCC models in mature aviation markets vs. emerging market economies

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline managers
  • Airport managers
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Government and Policy-makers

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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