Simulation model of a baggage claim device coping with a new large aircraft (NLA)

This paper presents a methodology for assessment and design of a baggage claim device capable of allowing an airport terminal to receive a New Large Aircraft - NLA from an international flight. It was developed two simulation models. The first one is a deterministic model and employs the Microsoft Excel Electronic Spreadsheet. The second one, which is stochastic, is developed in ARENA. The configuration data parameters, such as number of bags per passenger, average baggage size, and carousel velocity, are assigned based on International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hart (1985) and Horonjeff (1969) methodologies. It was simulated flight arrivals disembarking 650, 750, 850, 950 and 1,000 passengers affecting the claim device for each flight. From the results, nomograms were derived to be used as a tool, either for tactical decision-making by a baggage claim device supervisor, or for airport authority planning purposes. The comparative results between the two models show that they are consistent up to a level of 850 passengers. Beyond this level, the results present slightly rising differences that must be considered for planning purposes.


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  • Accession Number: 01492911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 12 2013 11:07PM