Simulating Airport Capacity: Mexico City Airport Case

Abstract : With the level of traffic growth worldwide there is an increase in demand for expansion of passenger & cargo facilities and also the need for a robust net connectivity. In addition, this growth causes higher workload to airport services and air traffic control activities. According to EUROCONTROL’s forecast of IFR flight movements in Europe to 2035, the most likely scenario predicts 14.4 million flights, which is 50% more than in 2012. On the other hand, emerging markets in Latin America have also experienced strong growth in traffic; passenger traffic grew 6.9% (expressed in RPK), and 6% cargo traffic in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Traffic to, from and within Latin America is expected to grow at 5.2% annually over the coming 20 years, being Europe and North America its two largest traffic markets. The case of Mexico City Airport is of particular interest since it has experienced outstanding growth during the last couple of years. Mexico transported in 2012 over 56.8 million passengers through 618 regular routes, 355 international and 263 domestic. As a consequence, it has reached its maximum capacity (61atm/hr.) during the last couple of years. Due to this increment Mexican authorities have declared saturation in eight slots in order to avoid congestion problems. In order to overcome the problems that appear with higher airport and air traffic control workload, innovative strategies and methodologies besides the revision of aviation infrastructure are crucial. The current work presents a simulation model that aims to analyze the effect of increasing demand for both landing and departures aircraft in a 24-hour period. It is aimed to tackle the airside of the airport as a key area to mitigate delays. The approach proposes five possible scenarios and analyses the effect of each one in some key performance indicators.
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ATOS 2015, 5th International Air Transport and Operations Symposium, Jul 2015, Delft, United States
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Eduardo E Mendoza-Dorantes, C Zuniga Alcaraz, Miguel Antonio Mujica Mota, Daniel Delahaye. Simulating Airport Capacity: Mexico City Airport Case. ATOS 2015, 5th International Air Transport and Operations Symposium, Jul 2015, Delft, United States. 〈hal-01219251〉

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