The aim of this thesis is to obtain from a simulation procedure a
set of graphs to compute the number of aircraft stands required at an
The scope of the study has been set within airports from the size
of that of Birmingham up to those of the size of Manchester. A general
approach has been taken hoping that the graphs may be used in the case
of similar airports within the range.
A computer model is developed to compute stand requirements for 5
aircraft groups under 4 aircraft mixes and 5 flight type mixes. The
basic input variables taken into account in the model are aircraft
arrival time and stand occupancy time.
The model simulates the apron under three handling rules, the first one being that of stands mutually shared amongst the aircraft
groups, the second without stands sharing and the last case for stands
being partially shared.
With outputs from the simulation procedure a number of graphs are
plotted with arrivals per hour as the independent variable and stands
required as the dependent variable. The graphs are split into 4 groups
according to the aircraft mixes.
A Masters Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the award of Master of Science of Loughborough University.