This project was carried out as part of the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) initiative, as part of the focus area “Airport Operations Management”. It focused on the development and application of a high-fidelity, human-in-the-loop simulation platform which provides a holistic view of an airport and its various operations.
Airport Research Center set-up and configured simulation models including airside, landside and all related processes by using the CAST Airport Simulation Suite. By applying realistic simulation models of major European airports and performing “exercises”, operational experts interacted with the airport model in real-time via the so-called “Gaming platform”. This setup allowed to model specific scenarios (e.g. sudden capacity drops due to weather or accidents, terminal evacuations etc.).
The high-fidelity airport models, which were created within this project, include:
The project showed that the CAST based simulation tool reinforced information sharing and collaborative processes among airport stakeholders to improve the airport performance by: