Global Air Transport Management (DAS)

Explore and analyze topics in-depth, ranging from aviation systems and revenue management to sustainability and change management.
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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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Programme details

Programme type

DAS / Diploma




Number of ECTS credits



46 days

Flexible entry



individually bookable


St. Gallen, Geneva, Montréal, Singapore & Online


CHF 20'000 Standard tuition fee: 22'000 USD IATA offers scholarship (2'000 USD) for participants starting in 2024, Tuition fee = 20'000 USD

Target group

Functional Specialist, High Potential, Senior Manager

Next date

Start date: 30.08.2024
places available


  • 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

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Your 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.

  • 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

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Programme Schedule

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Programme structure

Global Air Transport Management consists of 12 modules:

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.


Duration: 5 Days

Date: 08-12 Jan 2024

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


Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 13-14 Jan 2024 (St. Gallen) and 27-28 Jan 2024 (Online)

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


Duration: 3 Days

Dates: 09-11 Feb 2024

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


Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 20-23 Feb 2024

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


Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 12-15 Mar 2024

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.


Duration: 3 Days

Dates: 09-12 Apr 2024

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.


Duration: 3 Days

Dates: 24-26 Apr 2024

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.


Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 07-10 May 2024

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!


Duration: 5 Days

Dates: 13-17 May 2024

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.


Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 04-07 Jun 2024

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


Duration: 3 Days

Dates: 30-31 Aug & 01 Sep 2024

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


Duration: 3 Days

Dates: 03-06 Sep 2024

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

Date: Sep-Dec 2024

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


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

It’s not just a piece of paper but an endorsement of expertise, a credential that speaks volumes in an industry where competence is non-negotiable.

Hailegebrel Tadese Seboka, Participant 2023

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)

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Do you require further information?

I am gladly available for you and look forward to hearing from you.

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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

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