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

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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 52 participants from 10 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Are you interested in route network development but you believe that law courses are only for lawyers? Think again! This course has been developed for anyone that wants to learn about aviation law in the context of route development, and it will help you strengthen your understanding of the context and requirements of international air law, air service agreements, open skies agreements and traffic rights. Demonstrate sound skills in applying aviation law in the context of route development and opening of new destinations. Learn how to negotiate both public air law treaties and agreements needed for successful route and destination development.

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

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 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 Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

Next class

Jul 21 - Jul 24, 2020 - United Kingdom, London (IATA)
1 additional class is scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Summarize the key outcomes of the Chicago Convention 1944 and its importance for aviation
  • Analyze and classify different scenarios against each Freedom of the Air
  • Analyze bilateral air services and open skies agreements
  • Describe the concepts and provisions of code sharing, interlining, operational leases and their respective agreements
  • Negotiate air services and other agreements necessary for operating new routes and opening new destinations
  • Summarize the formal requirements of flight operations and opening new routes / destinations

Course content

  • Public international air law
    • The Chicago Convention 1944
    • Sovereignty and Freedoms of the Air
    • Bilateral and multilateral agreements on international air transportation (Open Skies)
    • Yamoussoukro Declaration 1999
  • Airline cooperation for route expansion and development
    • Code sharing, interlining and leasing
    • Contract negotiation
    • Essential requirements
    • Contracting process
  • Procedures and permits
    • Overflight permit and charges
    • Air operator permit
    • Crew and landing permit
    • Securing airport slots
    • Ground services agreements

Download the course outline


  • Case studies
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline managers and route developers
  • Government officials involved in the air transport sector
  • Aviation professionals in related fields seeking an understanding of the international aviation industry

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.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-company sessions. Our 200+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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