Simulation as a decision support tool for airport land use developments

Luis Enrique García Rosado, Ann Godelieve Wellens, Catya Zúñiga Alcaráz

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the use of discrete event simulation (DES) as a decision support tool for airport land use development. As a study case, Querétaro Airport (Mexico) is used, due to its rapid growth and the different services it offers. The SIMIO® software was used to carry out a macro-level simulation of the airport’s processes, considering generic process times, flight types and demand schedules. The resulting strategic simulation model can be used to diagnose the current growth situation, analyse the airport's growth potential, and evaluate different expansion scenarios using the available land, including the expansion of the terminal building, cargo operations or MRO. The arrival and departure of aircraft (commercial, cargo, maintenance, aviation school and private aviation) at the airport were simulated to detect bottlenecks for different expansion scenarios, that aim to find an optimal balance between the growth options in the different airport grounds. The objective is to compare the potential growth of different layout expansion possibilities. Preliminary results indicate that land use options have a great impact on the growth potential of the airport and some general aviation activities, such as the aviation school, are interfering with the potential growth of other activities at Querétaro Airport.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop, DHSS 2023
EditorsAgostino G. Bruzzone, Benjamin Goldberg, Francesco Longo
PublisherCal-Tek srl
ISBN (Electronic)9788885741942
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event13th International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop, DHSS 2023 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 18 Sept 202320 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Defense and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop, DHSS
Volume2023-September
ISSN (Print)2724-0363

Conference

Conference13th International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop, DHSS 2023
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period18/09/2320/09/23

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