Apron layout design and flight-to-gate assignment at Lanseria International airport


  • T Leonard Stellenbosch University
  • J Bekker Stellenbosch University




simulation, cross-entropy method, apron design


Air traffic is continuously increasing and more efficient air transport systems are required to handle the air travel demand. The study investigates the expansion of Lanseria International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa. Expansion of Lanseria requires a study of the airport apron layout to ensure efficient passenger-aircraft flow as well as the efficient flow of aircraft to and from the airport. The candidate layout designs are based on the layout concept of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, USA. In the study, different airport apron layouts were compared, including the existing layout of Atlanta Airport, via a simulation model of each. Designs based mainly on passenger transfer distance between the terminal building and aircraft were evaluated. The cross-entropy method was used to develop a generic flight-to-gate assignment program that minimises passenger transfer distances.

Author Biographies

T Leonard, Stellenbosch University

MScEng student

J Bekker, Stellenbosch University

Industrial Engineering

Senior Lecturer




How to Cite

Leonard, T., & Bekker, J. (2013). Apron layout design and flight-to-gate assignment at Lanseria International airport. The South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 24(1), 192–206. https://doi.org/10.7166/24-1-475



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