HIA – Capacity Assessment

Detailed description of project

In the framework of the declared capacity assessment of Hamad International Airport in Doha / Qatar, ARC has evaluated the airside capacity of the airport including, the runway system, aircraft ground flow operations and aircraft stand/gate requirements.


In order to gather information on the airport and input data, an inception mission involving all relevant stakeholders (Airport Authority, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Airways Corporate Planning, etc.) has been performed. A deep analysis of historical flight movement data and the extraction of a typical day have been conducted.


Based on the data of the typical day the gate and stand capacity and the runway capacity have been calculated for two different scenarios:


  • Single Runway Operations, without North-Node Stands
  • Two Dependent Runway Operations, with North-Node Stands


Type of services provided

  • Inception mission
  • System Evaluation and Input Collection
  • Assessment of Gate/Aircraft Stand Capacity
  • Assessment of Runway Capacity
  • Taxiway Capacity Check
  • Evaluation of different Scenarios
    • Single Runway Operations, without North-Node Stands
    • Two Runway Operations, with North-Node Stands
  • Declared Capacity
  • Benchmarking and Recommendations
  • Mitigation and Optimisation Measures


These analyses built the baseline for the CAST Aircraft simulation model of the airport set-up. With the help of the analyses different Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to assess the particular infrastructure components but also the overall operational quality have been determined.


For both scenarios, values for the Declared Capacity were recommended.


The results are set in context by comparing them to other airports with two parallel runways. The focus of these comparisons was on Munich Airport (MUC).


Finally mitigation measures to increase the capacity were suggested.