Programme overview


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.

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  • 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

Your Benefit

  • 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)


Target group

  • 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

Program structure

Global Air Transport Management consists of 12 modules:

Module ECTS Content Location Duration (Days) Dates 2023
M1* 4 Aviation Systems & Accountabilities St. Gallen (CH) & LIVE virtual 5 16-20 Jan
M2 3 Integrated Management & Organisation St. Gallen (P1)

Geneva (P2)

4 21-22 Jan (P1)

01-02 Apr (P2)

M3 2 Strategy & Business Models St. Gallen (CH) & LIVE virtual 3 23-25 Mar
M4 3 Environment and Sustainability Geneva (CH) & LIVE virtual 4 27-30 Mar
M5* 3 Change Management LIVE virtual 4 17-20 Apr
M6 2 Revenue Management and Pricing with Simulation LIVE virtual 3 08-10 May
M7 2 Airline Leading Practices and Cost Reduction Strategies LIVE virtual 4 12-15 May
M8 3 Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning LIVE virtual 4 22-25 May
M9 2 Air Mercury Simulation Game (delivered in 6 half days) Montréal (CA) & LIVE virtual 5 29 May – 02 Jun
M10* 2 Leadership (incl. Company visits) Singapore (SIN) 4 13-16 Jun
M11 2 International Negotiation Skills St. Gallen (CH) & LIVE virtual 3 01-03 Sep
M12 2 Safety, Security and Risk Management St. Gallen (CH) & LIVE virtual 3 05-07 Sep
P0 6 Transfer Paper (Supervision by CFAC / UNISG) Individual Sep-Dec

* M1, M5, M10: Recommended modules to enter the DAS program

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


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.


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)

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 (for in-classroom participation)

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

This is what distinguishes the HSG
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