35396 - Air Transport M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course deals will the analysis of air transport systems and their performances due to the interactions among the several transport elements. Transport systems are the results of the interactions among several elements that affect one another in both direct and indirect ways. The course wants to provide students with basic skills and competencies for the functional design of the components of an air transport system - by modelling transport supply and demand - and for the assessment of its impacts and performances.

Course contents

The air transport system: The main actors and coordination; Regulator and Service Provider; international bodies (ICAO, ECAC, EUROCONTROL, FAA, IATA, ACI).

The airport node: classification; location and accessibility; catchment area; relevant factors for passengers and airlines; multi airport systems

Main elements of the land side: layout; air transport general cost for passengers; service level, dwell time and slack time; monetary costs

Main elements of the air side: runways, taxiways and aprons; airport capacity; estimation of runway capacity; ROTA and ROTD concepts; relevant factors contributing to runway capacity; control systems and separation between aircraft; generalized costs for airlines; block time

Air Service Networks: Hub-and-spoke and point-to-point models; Air Traffic Management System (ATM); Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP); Air Traffic Control (ATC); airways and separations between aircraft

Air transport demand: general characteristics - Levels of demand; time series models; estimation of demand for different features (air mode, company, airport); Competition/integration between air and high-speed train – main elements of the "high-speed train" system

Performances of the airport node: Operational, economic, environmental performances; impacts


Main references / Tesi consigliati:

Postorino M. N., ed., Button K., Chang Yu-chun, Collins A., Hensher D., Hess S., Kroes E., Zheng Li, Postorino M. N., Development of regional airports, WIT Press (GBR), 2010.

De Neufville R., Odoni A. (2003). “Airport systems. Planning, design and management”, McGraw-Hill.

Postorino M.N. (2009).“Introduzione alla pianificazione del sistema di trasporto aereo”, FrancoAngeli.

Di Gangi M., Postorino M.N. (2005). "Modelli e procedure per l'analisi dei sistemi di trasporto : esercizi ed applicazioni", FrancoAngeli.

Teaching methods

Lectures and Practical / Workshops

Assessment methods

Written test made by theoretical and practical questions. Questions will concern the course contents, as described in the detailed program. The goal of the written test is to evaluate students’ knowledge and their ability to apply such knowledge in a working environment by using a system approach able to link the functional design of a single transport element to the transport network analysis and the produced effects.

Teaching tools


Office hours

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See the website of Filippo Paganelli