Strategic Decision Support for Airport Capacity Planning: an Application of Discrete Event Simulation in a Staged Queueing Framework for Airside Operations

Airside performance at major aiports is affected by a large number of interacting factors in three major spheres of airside activity: (1) airport operations control (AOC), (2) maintenance services, and (3) air traffic control (ATC). The AOC is responsible for the assignment of preferred parking sections (with associated terminal gates). It is also responsible for sending planes to alternative parking spots when there is not a gate available in the preferred section for an arriving aircraft. Maintenance personnel provide turnaround services and deploy tractors for pushbacks at gates and for airlines that require such service. ATC determines how runways are used for arrivals and departures according to wind conditions and coordinates aircraft traffic for safe operation. Smooth operation requires close cooperation among these three spheres of activity. In this report, the researchers describe a discrete-event simulation model and supporting analytical tools designed to help airport planners, operations directors, and air traffic control specialists collaborate in maximizing airside performance.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59p

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  • Accession Number: 01670964
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC37
  • Created Date: May 29 2018 4:05PM