CAST Stand & Gate Allocation

Aircraft stand & gate allocation software

CAST Stand & Gate Allocation is the most powerful support tool for quick and cost efficient resource allocation. The software supports airports, airlines and consulting companies in long-term, medium-term and (pre-) operational stand and gate planning and allocation tasks.


Applying CAST Stand & Gate Allocation leads to an optimized capacity, allows handling of higher traffic volumes and increases the quality of the allocation regarding passenger comfort, airline preferences and operational goals.

CAST Stand and Gate Allocation Software


  • Optimizing an allocation for given objectives and restrictions
  • Increasing peak hour capacity to provide more slots
  • Calculating the stand demand and configuration for a future schedule and fleet mix
  • Balancing contradicting objectives like contact stand utilization vs. number of towings
  • Dealing with blocked stands during constructions

Designed for straightforward and uncomplicated workflow, CAST Stand & Gate Allocation provides automated and manual stand and gate allocation and, as unique feature, an integrated performance analysis including the stand demand and detailed allocation schemes. The customizable allocation ruIes consider available or planned stands, hard (=obligatory) and soft dependencies as well as specific stand allocation requirements and priorities.

The comprehensive allocation rules easily can be adapted in order to:

  • Meet mandatory restrictions like aircraft size/type, flight origin/destination, airline and terminal preference
  • Model MARS stands e.g. used to park one widebody or two small aircrafts
  • Consider adjacency restrictions from stand and gates boarding a flight from one stand can block arrivals from using other stands
  • Consider user defined allocation priorities (e.g. prioritize home carrier)
  • Conduct a rule based split of turnarounds
  • Link flights during data import



Regular application of CAST Stand Allocation leads to an efficient and proactive stand management and an optimized utilization of resources / capacity allowing to service more flights while minimizing infrastructure investments.


Due to the optimized and automated workflow, stand allocation tasks can be done very quickly and cost efficiently. The time to conduct allocation work and analysis can be significantly reduced (time saving up to 70%-80% compared to other methods). The high flexibility and scalability of CAST Stand Allocation allows to compare several (what-if) scenarios and options and finds optimal solutions in a very short time. Seamless connection between planning and operational allocation allows to test and optimize rulesets before application for operations.

  • Quick return of invest
  • Provision of more slots during peak hours (value up to some million €/$)
  • Building only according demand (cost for one new stand easily can exceed 3 million €/$)
  • Better planning – proactive management
  • Optimized resources and higher efficiency
  • Higher customer satisfaction by better meeting priorities
  • Robust operations and optimized taxiing flow
  • Optimized balance between tows and pier serviced flights
  • Enhanced operational quality
  • Reduced investment costs and risks

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Further Features

  • Intuitive set-up and configuration through geometric airfield layout representation
  • Automated schedule import of standard or custom flight schedule format
  • Powerful visualization of allocation charts
  • 2D/3D dynamic fast time animation of stand utilization
  • Quick and easy set-up of scenarios
  • Highly rated training and support services for immediate success


New Approach for Scenario Based Stand Allocation and Planning


Fast time simulation and automated allocation have become an important methodology for supporting airport planning and optimization of operations. Using a computer model of the airport, selected processes are simulated based on the chronological proceeding of the flights at the airport. By playing through various scenarios, planning options and operational improvements can be evaluated and by looking into the future, better decisions can be made by planners and management. […]

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    References & Customers

    CAST has been developed by users for users with partners like BAA, Frankfurt Airport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol and Airbus. Worldwide users include airport owners, airport operators, airlines, ground handling companies, ANS provider, logistic companies, authorities, universities and other organisations, as well as engineering, planning and consulting companies.

    ” We switched to CAST Stand and Gate Allocation since the system is much easier and more flexible to use than our preceding software. The integrated analysis enables us to quickly assess the allocation quality regarding all relevant KPIs, which is extremely helpful and time-saving. “
    Sabine Klinsmann, Fraport AG, Germany

    Additional Consulting Services

    To ensure a quick start and immidiate success ARC offers consulting services, training as well as support for the initial set-up of a model.
    As an further option the Continuous Modelling Service (CMS) does not only include the set-up of a 3D-CAST model of the airport but also a predefined simulation service on a regular base in order to check defined airport parts or to test next season’s schedule. For ARC and its worldwide clients a close and long term cooperation is one of the most important key factors to ensure the best possible outcomes and ensure the sustainable use of the CAST technology.


    Subsequent to the training experienced CAST experts take care of the user support. The ARC helpdesk is there to answer technical questions regarding the use of CAST for specific tasks, technical problems or special features of CAST. Further, individual modelling and project support is available as an option.

    CAST User Conference

    Being a CAST User means becoming a member of the CAST User Community. Every year, CAST users from various international airports, airlines and consulting companies come together to network with other experts, share experiences, talk about projects, gain insights into the latest developments and discuss CAST’s vision for the future.