Understanding Airline Network Planning

This training course is designed for newcomers to the airline industry and network planning function as well as experienced route development managers looking to understand more about how network planners operate.

The course will provide fast track foundation learnings for all the key disciplines within the airline network planning role.

The network planning function within an airline addresses the optimisation of how airlines serve markets, how to best deploy their fleets and how decisions are taken to open up new routes and services. Our team of experienced airline industry professionals will take delegates through a comprehensive programme providing clear skills development to support this key airline discipline.

Who should attend?

  • Airlines – Network Planning Managers
  • Route Development Managers (Airports)
  • Market Analysts

What you will learn

  • Factors that impact demand for air travel
  • Understanding data: Types of data, sources and manipulation techniques
  • Benchmarking against competing airlines
  • Key approach differences between carrier types – full service and network, LCCs, charter and tour operators
  • Understanding airline economics
  • Fleet planning and evaluation
  • Interaction with related functions – revenue management, sales, partnership & alliance management, and scheduling
  • Network optimisation
  • Identifying and evaluating route opportunities
    • Techniques for forecasting traffic volumes and market share
    • Yield and revenue forecasting
    • Market stimulation


  • Market research & understanding demand
  • Network strategy and designing networks
  • Fleet supply and integrated planning
  • Traffic and revenue forecasting
  • Costing and profitability
  • Benchmarking and KPI setting
*Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, postponements for courses may occur. If you are registered for a course that becomes postponed, you will automatically be enrolled for the new dates given to that course. For any questions, please contact Melissa Crum at melissa.crum@aviationweek.com

Course Dates

  • 27th - 28th October 2020 - Virtual