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Airport Operations I

Code: 101757 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2501233 Aeronautical Management OB 1 2


Anais Pedrosa Jimenez

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This course does not have any pre-requisit.

Objectives and Contextualisation

  1. Provide a global overview of the organization and dimensionality of the airport management.
  2. Provide an overview of the current liberalization of air traffic services with emphasis on the multiple business opportunities in the free competition of the provision of air traffic control service.
  3. Provide a global and systemic overview of the airport role in commercial aviation.
  4. Provide an overview of air cargo transportation, including the cargo transportation in passenger airplanes and specialized cargo airplanes.
  5. Review the most important transporters and logistics agents, including their operations.


  • Communication.
  • Identify, develop and maintain the necessary resources to meet the tactical and operative needs inherent to air transport activities.
  • Personal attitude.
  • Personal work habits.
  • Supervise the management of resources in an airport.
  • Thinking skills.
  • Use knowledge of the fundamental principles of mathematics, economics, information technologies and psychology of organisations and work to understand, develop and evaluate the management processes of the different systems in the aeronautical sector.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate knowledge and findings efficiently, both orally and in writing, both in professional situations and with a non-expert audience.
  2. Coordinate the multiple organisations acting simultaneously or concurrently in the turnaround process.
  3. Critically assess the work done.
  4. Describe the aeronautical environment in the field of airport operations.
  5. Develop critical thought and reasoning.
  6. Develop curiosity and creativity.
  7. Develop independent learning strategies.
  8. Develop the ability to analyse, synthesise and plan ahead.
  9. Draw up and interpret passenger services procedures.
  10. Identify airport types and topologies.
  11. Identify operations that must be coordinated in aircraft turnaround time.
  12. Identify the logistical resources necessary in an airport for the management of landside operations for aircraft turnaround.
  13. Identify the technological resources necessary for the airside management of operations in the terminal area.
  14. Maintain a proactive and dynamic attitude towards career progression, personal growth and continuous professional development. Have the will to succeed.
  15. Make efficient use of ICT in communicating ideas and results.
  16. Manage time and available resources. Work in an organised manner.
  17. Plan the activities of the turnaround cycle.
  18. Work independently.


1. The role of the airports in air transportation 

2. International air navigation

3. Ground operations

4. Air cargo transportation

5. Safety


The course consists of (1) theoretical classes focused on the presentation of the course content, (2) seminars aimed at allowing students to present their individual and group work and (3) practical problem-solving sessions.


The professor will communicate with students using the following channels: 

  • University emails of students
  • Course delegate, secretary or department support.

Students can communicate with the professor using the following channel:

  •  Email: anais.pedrosa@uab.cat

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lectures 30 1.2 1, 9, 2, 4, 8, 5, 15, 12, 13, 11, 10, 17
Problem solving sessions 15 0.6 3, 1, 9, 2, 4, 8, 6, 5, 15, 16, 12, 13, 11, 10, 14, 17
Scheduled visits 5 0.2 4, 8, 6, 14
Seminars 5 0.2 3, 1, 9, 2, 4, 8, 5, 15, 12, 13, 11, 10, 17
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous work 95 3.8 9, 2, 4, 7, 8, 5, 16, 12, 13, 11, 10, 17, 18


This course does not include the single assessment system


In order to comply with the principles of continuous evaluation, the procedures set out in this document will be followed. It should be understood that these principles are:

• They apply only in the field of this subject

• They comply with the general and specific principles established by the UAB

• Reconsider in view of experiences in previous courses


The subject is an academic unit, with the objectives of developing competencies in the contents that have already been indicated in this same document.

The subjects contained in the subject, attending to his objectives of interest by his:

• Scope of application and social significance

• Characteristic techniques

For the previous one, and for this subject, the contents - and the correlative competences that are developed - are distributed in the Thematic Areas.


The scope of the competencies foreseen in the subject and the method of evaluation of the degree in which the student obtains it are based on the accomplishment of the activities programmed within the course. Every activity has a type. The types of possible activities, for the achievement of the competences already presented, correspond to the official list of the School of Engineering of the UAB, in which they consist the following:

Activities I

1 Final exam (ordinary or recovery).

Activities II

2 Delivery of reports, or individual or group work

3 Solving problems, practices, or individual or group cases

4 Oral presentation of an individual or group work

5 Intervention Row 0

Activities III

6 Attendance and active participation in classes, seminars, conferences, Row 0 ...

Activities I, II or III

7 Others authorized by the Management of the School of Engineering

Activities, II and III, are Non-recoverable. Non-recoverable activities are, in accordance with the above list, the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and type 7 activities that expressly establish this.

Without prejudice to other disciplinary measures deemed appropriate, irregularities committed by the student that may lead to a variation in the grade of an assessment act will be graded with a zero. Therefore, copying, plagiarism, cheating, copying, and so on. in any of the assessment activities, it will involve suspending it with a zero. Assessment activities qualified in this way and by this procedure will not be recoverable, and therefore the subject will be suspended directly without the opportunity to recover it in the same academic year.

Proposed activities that are not submitted within the indicated period will be scored zero


Students who have not submitted the individual or group work proposed during the course will be designated in this category. The rating of Non-Evaluable (NA) will only be obtained if no evaluable item is submitted.

Students who have not personally taken the final or recovery exam will be designated in this category.


MH will be awarded to students with an overall grade of 9.0 or higher. No examination will be conducted for the award of the MH. The maximum number of MH will be 5% or fraction of the number of students enrolled in the subject.


Repeating students will not have a differentiated treatment and will have to carry out all the activities and tests proposed to pass the subject.


The final grade, CF, is obtained by the expression:

CF = 0.5 * (Weighted arithmetic mean of projects and partials, not all deliverables weigh the same) + 0.5 * (grade of the official final exam or recovery).

It is a requirement to pass the subject to have a minimum grade of 3 out of 10 in the official final or resit exam.

The number of assignments and partial exams will be scheduled in view of the development of the course. To take the recovery exam, you will be in accordance with the regulations of the degree.

Reminder: 1 ECTS = 25 hours of student work.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
A1 Airport operations 45% 0 0 3, 1, 7, 8, 6, 5, 15, 16, 14, 18
A2 Air navigation and operational safety 40% 0 0 3, 1, 7, 8, 6, 5, 15, 16, 14, 18
A3 Air cargo logistics 15% 0 0 9, 2, 4, 12, 13, 11, 10, 17


  1. INGENIERÍA AEROPORTUARIA; García Cruzado, Marcos; ETS Ingenieros Aeronáuticos, 1997.
  2. OPERACIONES AEROPORTUARIAS; Isidoro Carmona, Aníbal; Fundación AENA, 1997.
  3. DESCUBRIR LOS AEROPUERTOS; Tejada Anguiano, Iván; AENA, Colección Descubrir, 1999.
  4. EL TRANSPORTE AÉREO; Utrilla Navarro, Luís; AENA, Colección Descubrir, 2003.
  5. INTRODUCCIÓN A LA GESTIÓN ECONÓMICA DE AEROPUERTOS; Salazar de la Cruz, Francisco; Fundación AENA, 2003.
  6. INDUSTRIA AEROPORTUARIA; Salazar de la Cruz, Francisco; Editorial Círculo Rojo, 2013.
  7. CUADERNO GUIA DE OPERACIONES DE ESCALA; Salazar de la Cruz, Francisco; Apuntes, 2004.
  9. LAS COMPAÑÍAS AÉREAS; Benito, Arturo; AENA, Colección Descubrir, 2004.
  10. SERVICIOS AEROPORTUARIOS; Isidoro Carmona, Aníbal; Fundación AENA, 2004.
  11. EL HANDLING AEROPORTUARIO; Domingo Calvo, Mariano; AENA, Colección Descubrir, 2005.
  12. ANEXO 11 : Servicios de tránsito aéreo. OACI. Última edición disponible.
  13. ANEXO 14 : Diseño y operación de aeródromos. OACI. Última edición disponible.
  14. Reglamento de Circulación aérea. Ministerio de Fomento. Última edición.
  15. AIP – España. Edición electrónica en línea.
  16. LA NAVEGACIÓN AÉREA Y EL AEROPUERTO. Saenz Neto, Francisco et al. Fundación Aena.
  17. LOGÍSTICA DEL TRANSPORTE AÉREO. Ferrandis Cabré, Joan B.; Apuntes del profesor.