SESAR – Airport Operations Gaming Platform and Exercises

Detailed description of project

This project carried out under the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) umbrella, as part of the focus area “Airport Operations Management” and focused on the further development and application of a high-fidelity, human-in-the-loop simulation platform based on CAST which provides a holistic view of an airport covering its various operations. The tool reinforces information sharing and collaborative processes among airport stakeholders to improve the airport performance:


  • Pro-active management of the airport operations performance
  • Visualise the current and short-term performanc
  • Monitor and detect performance deviations, Warn/alert concerned actors;
    Assess the impact (do nothing case)
  • Make actions proposals (AOP update, launching ad-hoc collaborative procedures
  • Common operational view of landside and airside processes to airport stakeholders
  • Extended A-CDM: allows stakeholders to communicate, coordinate and collaboratively make decisions


The use cases (“exercises”) carried out include modelling a realistic simulation model major European airports (Airside and Inner-Terminal areas) and performing “exercises” where operational experts interact with the airport model in real-time via the “Gaming platform”. This setup allows to model specific scenarios (e.g. sudden capacity drops due to weather or accidents, terminal evacuations etc.).


The high-fidelity airport models created In the frame of this project include:

  • London Heathrow
  • Madrid Barajas, Alicante
  • Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux


ARC contributions:
The CAST Simulation, Allocation and Prediction platform as well as related customisation.

Set-up and configuration of the airport models (airside, landside and related processes)

Type of services provided

  • Software extension and development
  • Airport Model setup (airside and landside), including implementation of complex exercise mechanics (e.g. terminal evacuation)