Airport Research Center GmbH

Booth number 5377

About us

Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) is a leading global provider of professional airport planning and decision support services and products to optimize investments and reduce operational costs.

With the CAST Airport Software Suite, ARC provides a unique simulation, allocation and optimization environment, covering terminal, airside, ground handling traffic and all corresponding resources, and processes. The scalability and flexibility of CAST enables planners and operators to work with aggregated or highly detailed models. The use of CAST does not only lead to an optimised infrastructure and efficient operations, but also allows quicker and more reliable decisions as well as a more intense communication possibility with experts, decision makers and stakeholders.

Strong partners including IATA, Eurocontrol, Fraport and Airbus are cooperating with ARC in projects like Level of Service assessments, performance based airport management and real-time What-if scenario decision support.

Products and services

The services and products of ARC include aviation market research, capacity assessment, master planning as well as expert consulting in air traffic and airport operations. The worldwide leading CAST Airport Software Solution covers all relevant processes and facilities:

CAST Terminal is a multi-agent terminal simulation system offering highly flexible and realistic passenger flow and process modelling and analysis.

CAST Aircraft simulates the aircraft operations at the runway, taxiway, apron and stands considering infrastructure, procedures and operational strategies.

CAST Vehicle allows simulation and analysis of the vehicle-based airside ground traffic, taking into account ground handling schemes, pax and cargo load and individual allocation strategies.

CAST Stand Allocation provides an efficient evaluation of stand demand and optimisation of allocation strategies.

CAST Express supports a fast-time analysis of airport terminal processes and quick decision support by What-If scenarios.
CAST Terminal

CAST Terminal provides a realistic and flexible simulation of processes and passenger movements in an airport terminal including check in, security control, passport control, retail, gate holdroom, baggage reclaim, customs etc.

It offers:
• Scenario-based analysis of terminal facilities
• Calculation of resource requirements for long- and short-term
• Level of Service analysis and optimisation of passenger convenience
• Bottleneck identification and test of potential mitigation measures

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CAST Aircraft

CAST Aircraft simulates the aircraft traffic at and around the airport, including approach, runway, taxiway, apron and stands. The software is a reliable decision support tool for:
• Runway, taxiway and apron capacity analysis
• Demand-driven infrastructure development and expansion planning
• Optimisation of resource utilisation and delay reduction
• Performance-driven process optimisation like Airport Collaborative Decision Making, de-icing strategies, operational concepts, new technology

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CAST Vehicle

CAST Vehicle is a simulation and analysis tool for vehicle and ground handling traffic. It offers decision support for planning, optimisation and validation of the airside road network and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) facilities.

With CAST Vehicle new concepts and strategies can be rapidly evaluated, for example to identify bottlenecks, plan resources or assess a system‘s capacity. CAST Vehicle shortens the planning phase significantly and provides the highest possible confidence in results.

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Airport Research Center GmbH
Bismarckstr. 61
52066 Aachen

Phone: +49 2411 68430
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Contact person

Uta Kohse
Managing Partner
Phone: +49 178 1686896
E-mail: Send message

News & Innovations

CAST Stand Allocation
CAST Stand Allocation is one of the latest additions to the CAST Airport Software family. CAST Stand Allocation supports airports, airlines as well as consulting companies in long, medium and short term stand planning tasks and provides answers to questions like:
- What is the stand demand and buffer for a given schedule?
- What is the best stand allocation strategy?
- Will the stand concept meet the airlines' preferences?
- How to adapt the stand configuration to meet the future fleet mix?

Beside other input data, it considers the available or planned stands, the current or future schedules and specific stand allocation rules.

CAST Stand Allocation is an off-the-shelf product and can be used stand alone or as an integral part of the CAST product family.

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CAST Express
Airport Research Center’s latest development CAST Express is designed to support airports by a fast and throughout capacity assessment of terminal processes and facilities. The tool can be used for facility requirement analyses as well as for the assessment of Level of Service quality performance.

It can be used either for strategic and tactical capacity planning or for real-time prediction of terminal processes in an operational environment.
One unique feature of CAST Express is that it allows comparing a wide range of scenarios within a short time.

To optimize passenger flows and process planning on the day of operation, CAST Express can be interfaced with the airport’s IT environment (AODB).
This facilitates informed decision making and to act rather than just to re-act.

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