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Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management

Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management
Programme Aims

This programme aims to equip students with knowledge and skills of the aviation industry, covering airport and airline operations management, airport support services, airline and airport planning etc. Students will acquire skills through practices in simulated working environments and industrial attachment in airport / airline related companies.


This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Haking Wong)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed in airline, airport, and aviation ground support services. After accumulating further operational experiences, they can be promoted to supervisory or middle managerial positions, such as airport operation officer, air cargo service supervisor, aircraft services coordinator, etc.

Graduates may pursue relevant top-up degrees locally or overseas. They may apply for admission to the following top-up degree programme in Hong Kong offered by overseas university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) [Not applicable to Mainland students]:
  1. BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management# offered by the Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  2. BA (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management# offered by the Northumbria University, UK
  3. Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)# offered by the RMIT University, Australia

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), UK and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).


Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.

This programme also offers Chinese (Putonghua) as the medium of instruction. The programme code is HT114107K. Interested applicants should select HT114107K as one of their programme choices in the online application system.


Semester 1:

  • Air Reservation and Ticketing
  • Foundation in Business Studies for Hospitality
  • Introduction to Ramp Operations
  • Introduction to the Aviation Industry
  • Essential Workplace Communication: Effective Oral Interaction
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • IT Essentials - Hospitality


Semester 2:

  • Airline and Airport Marketing
  • Airline Catering
  • Fundamental Tourism Concepts for Aviation
  • Introduction to Air Cargo Operations
  • Introduction to Air Navigation
  • Passenger Terminal Operations (Year Long module across Semesters 2 & 3)
  • Essential Workplace Communication: Digital Written Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace


Semester 3:

  • Aviation Security and Safety
  • ICAO and International Aviation Legislation
  • Passenger Terminal Operations (Year Long module across Semesters 2 & 3)
  • Professional Workplace Communication: Storytelling and Job Search


Semester 4:

  • Airline and Airport Management Project (Year-long module across Semesters 4 & 5)
  • Airline Planning
  • Airport Commercial Operations
  • Fare Calculation Principles
  • Human Resource Management in the Aviation Industry
  • Management Accounting in the Aviation Industry
  • Professional Workplace Communication: Proposal and Report Writing
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Year Long module across Semesters 4 & 5)
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 5:

  • Airline and Airport Management Project (Year-long module across Semesters 4 & 5)
  • Airport Planning and Environmental Issues
  • Contemporary Issues in the Aviation Business
  • Hospitality Management
  • Professional Workplace Communication: Pitching and Persuasive Presentation
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Year Long module across Semesters 4 & 5)
  • Enrichment Module A

* Industrial Attachment: All programmes in the Hospitality Discipline include compulsory industrial attachment. Relevant work may involve shift duties and may take place during evenings, weekends or public holidays.

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