Airport Management

9 March to 20 March 2020

In the air transport chain, airports are crucial transfer points for passengers as well as cargo. The course will provide participants with insights into the key issues of airport management. Amongst others, different elements influencing the demand, supply, equilibrium and competitiveness of airports will be discussed. Furthermore, the role of different actors in the airport management process will be addressed. 

The course Airport Management includes a number of guest lectures from experienced industry professionals as well as well-known professors in the field of airport management. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical knowledge in a number of excursions organized during the course.

Guest speakers 2019:

  • Anne Graham (Westminster University)
  • Marcel Buelens (Egis, Antwerp Airport, Ostend Airport) 
  • Wouter Dewulf (University of Antwerp)
  • Björn Hassert and Jeroen Govers (Brussels Airport)
  • Eddy Van de Voorde (University of Antwerp)
  • Nigel Halpern (Kristiania University College)
  • Bruno Desart (Eurocontrol)
  • Thomas Van Asch (University of Antwerp)
  • Carlijn van der Wild (Rotterdam Airport)


  • Antwerp Airport
  • Brussels Airport
  • ACI Europe (tbc)
Course coordinator

Course coordinator

Franziska Kupfer (°1982, Rostock, Germany) is assistant professor and academic director of C-MAT, the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management, as well as post-doc researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. In her position as a post-doc/assistant professor she is responsible for (co-)teaching different courses on air transport, airport management, transport economics and transport policy. Her research interests include air transport and airport economics as well as general transport economics. In the past she was involved in a number of air transport related projects such as EDUCAIR (FP7, 2011-2013) and Air transport in the EU: current situation and trends (European Parliament, 2014). Franziska obtained her PhD on the airport choice for scheduled freighter operations in Europe at the University of Antwerp in 2012 and her master’s degree in 2007. From 2013 to 2015 she was also the programme coordinator of the Advanced Master in Maritime Sciences and Master in Sea and Transport Law (taught in Dutch).