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HOST 217 - Airport Management

4 Credits
There are three primary emphasis areas a student should comprehend in order to understand the global phenomonon of flight as a business and industry: airlines, airports, and aviation (e.g. meteorlogy, pilots). This course is concerned with one of these three areas: airport management. Managing an airport’s operations begins with customer service, security, and other responsibilities that include interfacing with flying guests. Federal regulations, baggage handling, staffing, economic development, and resource funding are also integral to succeeding in the field of airport management. Modern airports receive high levels of scrutiny and airport managers as well as those interfacing with airport managers should understand the logistics of this field. Finally, due to SeaTac Airport’s proximity to campus, status as a high-functioning international airport, and working connectivity with Highline College there are numerous opportunities for students to grow in this career field.


Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day, Online

Designed to Serve All students interested in careeers in the following fields: hospitality, tourism, business, management, aviation, airlines, customer service, and/or airports.
Active Date 20190625T13:36:58

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 28
Contact Hours: Lecture 44
Total Contact Hours 44
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
PLA Eligible Yes

Course Outline
Learners completing this course will be able to:

  •  Identify, evaluate, and compare components of airport operations.
  •  Explain career pathways, organizational stuctures, and job responsibilities available at airports.
  • Describe the relationship between airlines, aviation, and airports.
  • Summarize the most integral Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) to airport operations. 
  • Understand areas on site that airport managers attend to including: airside facilities, landside facilities, airport maintenance, security, and emergency activities.
  • Recognize the role of public input and funding into airport decision-making and policy development.

Student Learning Outcomes
Learners will identify, compare, and evaluate airport operation components.

Learners will explain organizational structures and career pathways available to airport managers.

Learners will describe the relationship between airlines aviational personnel, and airport management and operations.

Learners will identify and summarize Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and other legal guidance related to airport operations, development, and management.

Learners will identify the role of airport management personnel as they relate to airside facilities, landside facilities, airport maintenance, risk management and legal issues, and emergency activities.

Learners will recognize the role of government and public input in decision-making as well as the necessity of being involved in government resource allocation decisions that take place at national, state, and local levels.

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