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Network Planning Controller

Date:  28 Jun 2024
Company:  Air Arabia PJSC (G9)

Sharjah, AE

Country:  AE

Job Purpose

The purpose of this role is to coordinate airport slots, develop and regularly review flight schedules for assigned airline hubs within the Air Arabia Group, with a key objective of optimum aircraft usage on profitable routes.  He/she contributes to short-term flight planning ensuring effectiveness in productivity in line with the set measures and company’s adopted policies and procedures. 

Key Result Responsibilities

  1. Acts as the main contact at the IATA slot conference and responsible for the initial slot submission for seasonal schedule as per the IATA slots deadline and in line with IATA policies and procedures.  
  2. Designs/ modifies short-term flight schedules based on the commercial, operational, and Engineering requirements 
  3. Checks and verifies schedules to identify any inconsistency, mistakes, or discrepancies in schedules prior to validation.   
  4. Coordinates with Revenue Management on any cancellations, extra or addition of flights to ensure optimum utilization and yield management 
  5. Evaluate rescheduling of flights, and connectivity, communicates with relevant stakeholders accordingly for smooth operations. 
  6. Co-ordinates and assists dispatch to manage flight schedule disruptions caused due to AOG or other unforeseen circumstances. 
  7. Works closely with Engineering Planning / maintenance teams to finalize scheduling of aircraft for maintenance ensuring smooth checks with minimal disruption. 
  8. Establishes/ maintains communication with all free-schedule publishing mediums to ensure Airline’s schedules are widely distributed and updated on regular basis. Coordinates with support teams, mainly Information Technology departments, on systems-related matters such as testing, integration, update, etc 
  9. Prepares charter agreements and quotations, plans, loads, and executes schedules to accommodate charter and irregular flights based on agreed plan, availability and airport approvals. Follows up on operations to ensure successful delivery. 
  10. Prepare the budget file which includes schedule, forecasted hours, and block hours by sector and circulate to the concerned departments 
  11. Works with the partner airlines and completes the necessary activities with respect to codeshare flights which includes updating SSIM, marketing flight numbers and ensuring the flight schedules is synced in all applicable systems. 
  12. Performs any other duties as advised by the respective Line Manager. 

Note – The role defined here is not exhaustive and duties and responsibilities in line with the job function may be added from time to time. 

Qualifications (Academic, training, languages)

Bachelor degree in Engineering (Industrial, Planning, Computer), Business Management, Commerce or equivalent from a recognized university.

Work Experience

4-5 years of working experience in the aviation industry in a similar role in network fleet and schedule planning; experience with low-cost airline is a plus.

IATA Certified in (Airport Slots and Scheduling) is a must. 

Capable of using logical thinking to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 

Capable of utilizing data to generate reports of different nature and purposes. 

Strong numerical ability and highly accurate 

Capable of prioritizing responsibilities and acting in critical situations. 

Proficient in Microsoft Office (Advanced Excel Skills) 

Fluent in English, Arabic is desirable. 

Proven skills in analyzing data, identifying risks and pitfalls and recommending solutions. 

Cost-oriented, possesses effective persuasive, negotiation, problem solving and decision-making skills. 

Employs a balance of technical expertise, and interpersonal relations to support the company’s objectives.  

Experienced in managing relationships at both senior/subordinate levels. 

Demonstrates the ability to contribute and successfully deliver against business strategy and set KPIs. 

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