November 2022 | Airport Planning
Gfl participated in the research project IMHOTEP (Integrated Multimodal Airport Operations for Efficient Passenger Flow Management), a project within the SESAR research initiative of the European Commission and EUROCONTROL. As part of this project, a passenger simulation was carried out in the airside area of London City Airport, in which the effects of disruptions during the aircraft turnaround process on passenger flows in the terminal were to be investigated.
By remodeling passenger behavior, it was possible to simulate even complex scenarios, such as a last-minute change of departure gate when queuing had already occurred at the original gate, showing effects on passengers of other departing flights at the airport (secondary effects). The evaluations were complemented by complex statistical analyses in which distribution functions were set up for the aforementioned secondary effects, such as passengers boarding late or extended walking times in the terminal due to capacity constraints, and appropriate evaluation metrics were developed.