Airport Planning, Operation and Management

AVA20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide the student with a sound understanding of the principles and practices relating to airport planning, operation and management. Students are introduced to the airport industry, ways in which airports are planned and developed, methods of obtaining revenue and identifying and controlling costs. The theory is enhanced through participation in a highly sophisticated airport simulation. The simulation requires analysis and decision-making skills in order to creatively formulate and test appropriate airport models and operating environments..
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Explain the regulatory framework within which airports operate
2. Describe passenger behaviour in airport terminals and its influence on airport design
3. Explain the economic impact of airports
4. Describe models of airport ownership and management
5. Identify numerous ways in which airports gain revenues and incur costs
6. Identify key aspects of airport master planning in terms of design issues, ground and air services, navigation aids and noise factors
7. Conduct individual critical analysis into an airport-related issue and deliver the findings in an oral and written presentation