Simulation of aircraft movement and analysis

Detailed description of project

As a consequence of the expected increase of traffic demand within the next years, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) intents to extend and reconstruct its airside infrastructure as well as the terminal facilities. Within this scope, ARC was contracted to evaluate the practical airside capacity for three major planning stages 2018, 2022 and 2026. The investigation covered the capacity determination of all relevant airside infrastructure elements such as runways taxiways and aircraft stands. Furthermore, the optimal operational concept for each planning stage has been identified by considering the results of an extensive simulation analysis.


Type of services provided

  • Flight schedule analysis and allocation
  • Set-up of a CAST Aircraft simulation model
  • Determination of the practical runway capacity for multiple runway layouts and usage concepts
  • Determination of the aircraft stand capacity
  • Evaluation of infrastructure bottlenecks
  • Result presentation and discussion with experts and management
  • Report on task, objectives, methodology, results, conclusions and recommendations


  • Determination of the practical runway capacity for different usage concepts and infrastructure elements available
  • Determination of the aircraft stand capacity under consideration of the forecasted traffic demand and traffic structure
  • Assessment of the airside infrastructure including the taxiway, runway and road network with respect to various airside capacity KPIs
  • Identification of bottlenecks within the and planned airside infrastructure
  • Recommendations on operative and infrastructural improvements