This paper examines the techniques used to determine the demand level at which the provision of an additional gate position at the Sydney Internation Terminal would be economically justified. The technique used was essentially a simulation technique. The operation of the apron area at the terminal was studied and simulated, and based upon forecasts of daily aircraft movements, the economic justification for an additional gate position was assessed. The size and cost of the terminal building and aircraft service area is strongly influended by the number of gate positions. A gate is a parking space for an aircraft, incorporating the facilities needed to service a single aircraft at the terminal building. It includes facilities for the transfer of passengers and baggage, cabin cleaning and catering, air conditioning, crew changeover, aircraft refueling, maintenance inspection, etc. If airport runway capacity is adequate, the constraint on the capacity of the airport is likely to be the number of gate positions available. Because gate capacity can be provided in small increments, the ability to determine the optimum time for the provision of an extra gate position is of great importance from a capital programming viewpoint.

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  • Accession Number: 00155505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM