ANALYSIS OF PASSENGER CONGESTION DELAYS AT A METROPOLITAN AIRPORT: A SYSTEM SIMULATION APPROACH

A large-scale simulation model of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport was constructed using the GKPSS/360 and Fortran IV languages. The model includes the movement of ground vehicles, passengers, and aircraft within the ground access, landside, airside, and terminal airspace sections of the airport system. Following extensive testing of the model to insure that it operated as intended, three percent, six percent, and nine percent growth rates per year in passenger traffic levels were used, representing pessimistic, most likely and optimistic forecasts, respectively for the time period 1975 to 1980. The experiments with the model indicated that severe congestion delays can be expected to occur at specific locations on the airport under the simulated future passenger loads. The means of alleviating those delays were evaluated through further experiments with the model. Further analyses of the experimental results demonstrated that interactive effects between parts of the airport system become increasingly important as heavier passenger loads are imposed upon the system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Graduate School of Business Administration
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48105
  • Authors:
    • Low, J T
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Pagination: 341 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00186785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM/MKTG-77/1 PhD Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM