Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, has entered into an agreement to provide analysis of runway and ground-based operations at Vnukovo International Airport of Moscow, Russia in order to increase throughput, or the number of takeoffs and landings for the airport, which is currently under a reconstruction project.
Through the agreement, Vnukovo International Airport officials are aiming to maximise the amount of runway takeoffs and landings per hour with the airport’s two intersecting runways, to meet international standards.
To achieve this goal, Jeppesen will analyze the existing ground infrastructure of the airport and possibilities for current and future development. Jeppesen will also study all airport ground operations, including aircraft parking positions, taxiways and taxi procedures prior to takeoff and following landings and aircraft gate turn-around times to enhance operational efficiency.
Taking all airport factors into consideration, Jeppesen will then create a highly accurate 3D model of the airport, depicting all terminals, runways, aprons, taxiways, aircraft parking positions and other factors.
Performance data for all aircraft types used at the airport and input of a representative busy air traffic schedule day will also be included in the model. The fast-time simulations developed by Jeppesen utilizing this model will identify current problem areas with ground operations at the airport and will allow for suggestions to be made to enhance efficiency and increase airport throughput.
"Our ultimate goal is to increase throughput capacity at Vnukovo airport, but also with the Moscow terminal maneuver area (TMA) in general," said Vasily Alexandrov, director general of Vnukovo International Airport.
"Jeppesen has vast international experience in this field and we look forward to using their analysis to increase takeoffs and landings at Vnukovo airport, while are working together with the Federal Air Transport Agency to reconstruct the airport using the top materials and designs available to increase efficiency."
As part of the Vnukovo International Airport reconstruction project, airport officials are incorporating numerous technical measures, including consideration of additional high-speed taxiways and the modernization of equipment and revision of the regulatory and air traffic control environment for the overall Moscow TMA.
"Working together with Vnukovo airport officials allows us to create a model and plan for enhancing ground-based operations for the airport and increase overall takeoffs and landings," said Michael S. Lewis, vice president, Jeppesen Government and Industry Affairs.
"This agreement provides an exciting opportunity to help modernize airport operations and bring Vnukovo air traffic levels up to desired standards."
Jeppesen has previously worked on similar airport projects around the globe. The Vnukovo International Airport agreement marks the first airport ground operations and throughput analysis project for Jeppesen in Russia.