For the last 20 years, the airport management has changed: mainly operated by public entities in the past, airports are more and more operated by private companies. Governments are eager to privatize these strategic assets, in order to improve services and finance airport expansion and renovation programs.
Upon completion participants will, inter alia, understand to what extent the airport/airlines relationship has changed in the past two decades and what the impact has been for the airports. They will also identify the challenging environment and evolving business models (e.g. new sources of revenues).
For the conduct of negotiations in this field (contracts, concessions, licenses, associations, subsidies, improvement of services, etc.) between airports and their stakeholders, it is necessary to understand the legal/regulatory framework (EU/ICAO/FAA), in which the airport and related shareholders/stakeholders operate.
The course provides an insight into how an airport is operated, in three parts: 1) Legal status of the airport; 2) legal/contractual relationship between airport operator and stakeholders; and 3) Airport regulations.
The course is divided into three parts:
I. Legal status of the airportA. Airport ownershipB. Airport management
II. Legal relationship between the airport operator and the stakeholders A. AirlinesB. Ground -handling operatorsC. Retailers & other non-aeronautical operatorsD. Airport contractorsE. Government
III. Airport regulationA. Operational regulations B. Economic regulations
The overall objective of this course is to provide participants with a broad legal understanding of how the airport is operated and regulated and how it deals with its users and clients.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Define a concession agreement scheme and its main provisions;
Understand the evolution of the airport industry since air transport deregulation;
Understand to what extent the airport/airlines relationship has changed in the past two decades and the impact thereof on the airports’ position and prospects;
Identify the challenging environment and evolving business models that encourage airport managers to focus on various sources of revenues and to innovate;
Understand the specificities of the airport economic regulation and the various schemes applied worldwide.
2 days, starting on 9:00 on the first day and ending on 17:00 on the last day.