Airside Planning and Simulation

Design and Optimization of Airside Facilities and Infrastructure


The services offered by ARC encompass all aspects of airside planning and capacity analysis. From evaluating existing facilities, to developing airside layouts and operational concepts for efficient use of airside resources (i.e. runways, taxiways aprons, and aircraft stands), our service support you in order to optimize investment and reduce operational cost.


ARC assists airports to

  • Validate and optimize airside planning
  • Match infrastructure development to long-term demand
  • Accelerate the planning process and minimize risks of decision making
  • Develop and optimize project phasing (when to build, what to build, how to build)
  • Perform capacity studies for airspace, runways, taxiways and stands
  • Optimize processes, operational strategies and improve capacity
  • Determine declared capacity
  • Optimize resource utilization e.g. for runways and aircraft stands
  • Obstacle Surface Planning (ICAO, FAA and other rules)
  • Tower Planning (optimal height and position)
  • Optimize de-icing and snow clearance procedures

Facts & Benefits

  • Improvement of planning reliability
  • Speed up of planning process
  • More capacity, less delays
  • Demand-oriented development of infrastructure
  • Improvement of capacity
  • Simulation and visualization
  • Optimized investments
  • Reduced operational costs


  • On site-analysis and expert discussion
  • Close cooperation with the client
  • Data collection and evaluation
  • Detailed planning including 2D/3D visualization
  • CAST Simulation services
  • International benchmarking
  • Provision of expert reports and studies
  • Development and evaluation of decision alternatives
  • Systems optimization (airspace, runways, taxiways, aprons and stands)
  • Customer orientated and tangible results and recommendations

Reference Extract

Moscow-Domodedovo Airport
Runway and Airside Capacity Analysis
Can the planned airside infrastructure cope with the forecasted traffic? Identification of possible bottlenecks by simulation with CAST Aircraft. [...]
DHL Hub Leipzig/Halle Airport
Night Fright Hub Cargo Operations
In an CAST simulation study of aircraft and ground handling processes, measures to meet the high requirements for punctuality and reliability were evaluated. [...]
Oslo Airport
Winter Operations Capacity Study
Snow can lead to a significant airside capacity drop. Simulation is a valuable tool to optimize operational strategies for de-icing and snow removal to keep the capacity stable. [...]