Developing a Simulation Model for Coventry Airport to Assist in Manpower, Space, Passenger and Baggage Flow

Maimuna Sule Katagum, Ammar Al Bazi, Jenni Fernando

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    The transportation industry is a very diverse sector and plays a major role in our economy. The global aviation industry transports millions of passengers a year.
    The aim of this project to develop a simulation model suitable for operators of small airports considering developing their business model from a focus on private/executive jet and other aviation businesses to the potential launch of commercial air routes, by simulating the real-life service processes that occur at the airport for commercial airline operations, including arriving and departing passenger and bag flows through the complete airport system. This assumes flight schedules, passenger and bag load factors for a range of different airlines, and the resultant space and manpower required in every process.
    Fact-finding techniques such as questionnaires, interview and observation will be applied to help meet the project aims. Flowcharting is selected to produce the required static logical diagrams of the scenario being investigated. The application of simulation modelling is the methodology chosen to assist in achieving the requirements of this project. ARENA Rockwell Automation software is one of the many types of software that is going to be used for creating the model.
    The application of simulation to the business operation will assist airport operators in determining the investment required and the benefits they will potentially achieve from it. Simulation will also assist operators in determining the types and level of charges and incentives that will be required to attract new air routes, based on potential operating costs and new commercial revenue streams.
    The model could potentially be developed for far more complex airport operating systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventThe OR Society OR53 Annual Conference 2011 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sept 20118 Sept 2011


    ConferenceThe OR Society OR53 Annual Conference 2011
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Computer simulation
    • Small airports
    • Problem solving approach
    • Commercial air routes


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