Industries & Functions

Global Air Transport Management (DAS)

Become a leader for tomorrow's aviation industry


Programme Description


IATA Academic Partner
Partner since 2020

The ongoing liberalization of markets, rapid technological changes, digitalization and the establishment of new business models in aviation raise new questions related to theory and practice. Current and future developments in aviation are thereby shaped by the industry actors and structures, in short, the Aviation System.

To lead your company or department efficiently from a systemic management point of view, a deeper understanding of the industry and all actors on a global scale is essential for aviation managers. The diploma encompasses 12 courses, which will enable you to explore and analyze topics in-depth, ranging from aviation systems and revenue management to sustainability and change management.

You will become a trusted leader by gaining greater knowledge on the global aviation industry as a whole and the crucial regulations and their impact on business strategies and operations. Frameworks for quality & safety management, as well as for auditing processes will help you and your companies to comply with these regulations.

The Diploma of Advanced Studies is offered in cooperation between University of St. Gallen and International Air Transport Association. The program content is delivered by academic and industry leading lecturers from HSG and IATA.

Successful completion of DAS-GATM earns you 36 credits (ECTS), which can be partially applied and transferred to other university programs, including Executive MBA at HSG.

Target Audience

  • Executives & Accountable Managers
  • Key Account & Corporate Development Managers
  • Project Managers & Controllers 
  • Risk Managers, Auditors & Safety Managers
  • Cockpit & Cabin Crews transitioning into corporate roles
  • Regulators / Aviation Authorities


Start Dates
Fully booked
42 days
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
Programme Type
$20,000 (including IATA Sholarship)
Special Discounts
Standard tuition fee: 27'500 USD
IATA offers scholarship (7'500 USD) for participants starting in 2022 or 2023, Tuition fee = 20'000 USD
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


  • Describe the crucial regulations and their impact on business strategies and operations
  • Provide an overview of the global aviation system
  • Assess the impact of your strategic decisions and fine-tune your strategy and tactics continuously
  • Recognize and adopt leadership behaviors to sustain and build change capabilities
  • Track and monitor revenue management initiatives and policies

Programme Benefits

  • Generates insights about the aviation market, its competition, customers, suppliers and regulation on an international scale.

  • Delivered by seasoned lecturers, who also have successful careers in international business and pioneering research, and a unique aviation system lens.

  • Delivered in 3 key aviation centers: Switzerland, Canada, Singapore

  • Includes on-site visits to aviation stakeholders (IATA, ACI, ICAO, OEMs, MROs, suppliers)

  • Capacities are built with respect to challenges in project, international, safety & security management as well business innovations, operations, human factors and change management.

  • Frameworks for quality and safety management as well as for auditing processes will help you and your organization comply with regulations.

  • Risk management framework for reducing risks faced by the industry and preparing for an ever-changing ecosystem.

  • Includes courses with simulation programs and real cases, including workshop-style discussions

  • Course mates working in your industry.

  • Access to the renowned network of former graduates of CFAC, University of St. Gallen (conditions apply) and IATA programs, instructors as well as course mates.

  • 36 ECTS, partially transferable to university programs (Executive School).

  • Flexible entries and time to complete the diploma program (1-3 years)


Application Criteria

  • You should have a minimum of 3 years of working experience
  • University degree
  • Responsibility for company / division / department / product / service / process
  • Affiliation with the Civil Aviation industry (Airlines, Airports, Ground Handling, Supply Chain, Association, Services)
  • Written and spoken English proficiency
  • Ability to travel to Switzerland, Canada and Singapore

Course Structure

Global Air Transport Management consists of 12 modules:
Schedule 2022 2023

And one transfer paper:

  1. Choose a topic from the modules' catalogue
  2. Apply to your business environment
  3. Address a real-case business problem
  4. Make your paper an insightful and impactful project

Content & Faculty

M1 Aviation Systems and Accountable Management - University of St. Gallen

An overview of the air transportation system, illustrating the interdependence between its key stakeholders: airlines, airports, service providers, civil aviation authorities and the ecosystem’s supply chain.

M2 Integrated Management & Organization - University of St. Gallen

Learn about management and organization models and systems and learn how to apply theory with practical case studies and workshops.

M3 Strategy and Business Models - University of St. Gallen

Explore the benefits of different network types as well as the different definitions of business models.

M4 Environment and Sustainability - University of St Gallen

Learn how airlines and airports are trying to reduce and minimize their environmental impact, as well as their plans for continued future improvement.

M5 Change Management with Interactive Simulation - IATA Training (LIVE virtual classroom)

Using a change management simulation, learn through serious play, how to effectively lead and manage important organizational changes through proven methodology and experiential exercises

M6 Revenue Management and Pricing with Simulation - IATA Training

Explore the fundamentals and principles of airline revenue management (RM) through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, and validate your learning using our sophisticated airline revenue management simulator.

M7 Airline Cost-efficiency Practices & Value-add Strategies - IATA Training

Learn how to continuously improve your airline by containing specific airline costs by reviewing a number of airline strategic cost-cutting plans and incorporating necessary mechanisms and procedures to maintain a viable cost reduction program.

M8 Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning - IATA Training

Contribute to your company’s success by learning how to develop and optimize a route network, select, acquire and manage the optimum fleet and create a competitive flight schedule.

M9 Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies: virtual simulation program - IATA Training (LIVE virtual classroom)

Sharpen your management skills and apply newly acquired knowledge in a real market-based simulation game vying for market share and profitability against fellow professionals from the industry!

M10 Leadership Development - University of St. Gallen

Learn how to answer key questions related to strategic management by applying core elements of the St. Gallen Management Model and the latest research of leadership competencies

M11 International Negotiation Skills - University of St. Gallen

Useful models, perspectives, tools and applicable competencies to prepare, conduct and lead successful, intercultural negotiations in the aviation industry with sustainable results.

M12 Risk Management and Safety - University of St. Gallen

This course explains how to be compliant with regulations and offers tools and practices to be efficient.


Further information


Aviation has shown to be a very resilient industry, despite the various challenges it has faced in the more than 100 year of its existence. As we rebuild from the biggest crisis in our history, it is essential that those leading the long-term transition into a more sustainable future, possess the correct skill set.
Willie Walsh (Director General, IATA)
Willie Walsh
Director General, IATA

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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