Airline Management of Low-Cost Carriers: How to make this model successful (Classroom, 3 days)

Some of these topics are also explored in the following virtual classroom 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.

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

Course code: TALG-26

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 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 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

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

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

  • 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?

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  • 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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