Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics

A Generic Framework for Modeling Airport Operations at a Macroscopic Level


In this paper, a general approach for modeling airport operations is presented. Airport operations have been extensively studied in the last decades ranging from airspace, airside and landside operations. Due to the nature of the system, simulation techniques have emerged as a powerful approach for dealing with the variability of these operations.

However, in most of the studies, the different elements are studied in an individual fashion. The aim of this paper, is to overcome this limitation by presenting a methodological approach where airport operations are modeled together, such as airspace and airside.

The contribution of this approach is that the resolution level for the different elements is similar therefore the interface issues between them is minimized. The framework can be used by practitioners for simulating complex systems like airspace-airside operations or multi-airport systems. The framework is illustrated by presenting a case study analyzed by the authors.

Reference Scala, P., Mujica , M., Delahaye, D., & Ma, J. (2019). A Generic Framework for Modeling Airport Operations at a Macroscopic Level. In N. Mustafee, K-HG. Bae, S. Lazarova-Molnar, M. Rabe, C. Szabo, P. Haas, & Y-J. Son (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference (pp. 512-523). IEEE Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC40007.2019.9004865

Publication date

Jan 2019


Daniel Delahaye
Ji Ma