Airport Simulation

Airport Simulation

What is airport simulation?

Airport simulation is the computer-based modeling of any real-world process involved with an airport. Simulation allows organizations in the industry to analyze and experiment with their processes in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. Runways, gates and luggage services can be properly arranged and assessed within a simulation model, allowing companies the opportunity to determine how best to fully utilize their resources at the lowest possible cost.


FlexSim is powerful yet easy-to-use software for simulation. A comprehensive and innovative simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to experiment with a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals, so it becomes easy to view and recognize bottlenecks in the supply line or other deficiencies within the system. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate airports?

The need for efficiency in airports has never been greater, with fuel, security and labor costs continuing to rise each year. Successful airport authorities need to ensure that the costs associated with personnel, equipment and new technology are being considered and optimized. At its core, airport simulation is an inexpensive, risk-freeway to test your current terminal layout and security areas, always with the purpose of meeting traveller throughput goals at the lowest possible cost, and with the lowest achievable safety risk. And unlike spreadsheet-based analysis and forecasting, simulation offers a quick and efficient means to adjust parameters and re-simulate, saving valuable time and hastening results.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Airport simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that airport decision makers face every day. Just a few examples:

  • Can we increase throughput at security screening checkpoints within budget constraints and federal regulations?
  • Are shopping, dining and other airport services adequate for forecasted passenger volume?
  • Are we prepared to process the anticipated cargo volume this Holiday season?


Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better. FlexSim brings a better visual experience to the world of simulation models, providing rich 3D objects to make your simulation look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the model to life, and aids in communication and discourse for staff members at all levels.

Easy to use, yet powerful – FlexSim presents user-friendly tools like drop-down menus and drag and drop functionality that allow beginners to build and test models in just minutes, with no background in computer coding. And with a bit of practice in FlexSim’s intuitive Logic Builder, or by using some basic commands, users can get the most out of this extensible and powerful simulation engine.

Consider every viewpoint – Unlike other simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your airport. Simulation models can easily be tweaked and adjusted, providing rapid responses to even the most abstract situations.

No project is too big – FlexSim is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. All facets of an airport, including terminals, airside, and groundside areas, can be simulated using FlexSim models.

Competitively priced and cost effective – With a variety of license types and a comprehensive support network, FlexSim provides industry-leading value to its customers. Our 3D simulation software is competitively priced and doesn’t come with any hidden costs or add-ons, so even the most basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.


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