Strategic Airport Capacity Management

Every airport operator must always be careful to make the best possible use of its human resources, its assets and its equipment. Nevertheless, fundamental questions about sharp capacity expansions are subject to special procedures of strategic airport capacity management. Thereby it should always be borne in mind that capacity expansions of an airport are not done with a single expansion project but normally trigger other measures in partly separated technical functions, which must be coordinated in an overall development concept. Many extension projects subject to the usual environmental impact assessments and of complex project planning, have to be summarized in medium and long-term expansion programs, which by themselves may be subject to holistic program reviews. As most of the projects are very time-consuming and costly, airport operators generally try to use their existing capacities until the latest possible point in time. This, in turn, makes capacity reserves very small towards the end of an asset cycle and leads sometimes to disruptions with significant delays in the overall handling process.

MAPS provides market demand-related capacity forecasts to provide long-term technical and operational development concepts and shows the consequences of such programs in terms of money at the same time.

Strategic Human Capacity Management is supported by MAPS with special tools to produce short-, medium- and long-term forecasts for human capacities and to calculate their monetary consequences in terms of personnel costs and personnel add-on costs. Thereby alternative forecast scenarios for alternative business models for each of the business units or business segments can be tested and evaluated.

MAPS offers forecast tools to directly combine alternative traffic scenarios with asset capacity forecasts by using alternative quality standards. By using these tools, technical planning experts can identify approaching bottlenecks right in time and can trigger appropriate measures that can mitigate the capacity bottlenecks. All information required to forecast such bottlenecks in a reliable way are part of the integrated airport planning system and can be updated at any time. This keeps all technical development concepts up-to-date and even generates important information for medium- and long-term financial planning.

At any time new ideas and innovations must be found and tested to enhance the quality and the efficiency of all handling processes. MAPS offers special evaluation tools to integrate quality-related indicators in addition to financial performance indicators. By using such holistic decision making tools a wider range of targets can be considered and other views can be taken into account.