Airport Operations Exploration: Bridging Theory and Practice

On March 22, 2024, students who are pursuing the BSc in Logistics Management program, specializing in Transportation Management, embarked on an immersive field visit to Bandaranaike International Airport. Led by Dr. Namali Sirisoma, the lecturer overseeing the Terminal Planning and Operations module.  This visit provided students with invaluable insights into the intricate workings of airport operations. From exploring the terminal facilities to observing the runways, taxiways, and apron areas, students gained a comprehensive understanding of airport infrastructure. Additionally, they had the opportunity to observe control towers, hangars, lounges, food service areas, emergency services, security protocols, and baggage handling systems in action. This firsthand experience not only enhanced their theoretical knowledge but also offered practical insights into the complexities of managing an airport efficiently. Such experiential learning opportunities are instrumental in preparing students for future careers in logistics and transportation management, equipping them with the skills and understanding necessary to navigate the dynamic and fast-paced aviation industry. Dr. Namali Sirisoma’s careful organization and coordination of this field visit ensured that students received a memorable and educational experience that will undoubtedly contribute to their academic and professional growth.