What is Simulation?


In the fifth of our series of What, Why, How, When and Where blogs, we explore one of our key consultancy services, Simulation.


AiQ Consulting provides simulation services to clients, allowing them to visualise change whilst testing the functionality and performance of new or existing concepts. These simulations have many uses within an airport, including Baggage Systems, Baggage Make-up demand, Passenger Behaviour Flows and demand across Check-in, Security Screening, departure lounges as well as Emigration and Immigration.


Clients can benefit in many ways by using simulations before acting on plans or deciding on options. The 2½D visuals provided by Transvision AiR demonstrate clarity. It is also cost-effective, providing analysis without the traditional high costs of animation. This means evaluating different strategies and airport systems without unnecessary high risk or costly investments. Stakeholders can also understand the affect of the change on their individual element.

Additionally, any simulation provided by AiQ is tailored to the individual project or airport, enabling us to recommend and demonstrate the best solution to either improve capacity or efficiency for our clients.


Using our bespoke simulation programme, Transvision Air, we are able to create a complete holistic model of any airport. We develop simulations that accurately model all processes and passenger and baggage flows. Transvision AiR collates and includes data on flight schedules, airlines, handlers, vehicles, passengers and much more to provide a detailed analysis of the airport, and the impact of any changes on capacity and operational effectiveness.

This simple visual animation allows management teams and stakeholders to grasp the impact of any changes effectively and to make decision-making a clear, straightforward process.


Simulation services can be beneficial at any stage for our airport clients. Whether it is planning a whole new airport or terminal, providing input into design changes at Baggage Halls, or looking at overall passenger behaviour flows for retail; using Transvision AiR is of great benefit.


One of recent uses for our simulation consultancy services was at London Gatwick. With 22 different designs provided for the South Terminal Baggage Hall, our client was keen for us to prove, using simulations by Transvision AiR, that the chosen design worked effectively with traffic flows in the baggage hall and apron.

We were able to provide the client a detailed, but easy to read, overview of each of the different MUP positions within the restricted space of the Check-in area. We successfully realised and optimised capacity, ensuring stakeholder integration and a more efficient terminal. We also proved that the chosen baggage hall design would work and improve passenger flows.

We also used simulations undertaking an Airport Capacity Assessment to augment capacity at Hyderabad International Airport utilising the existing Terminal footprint. To find out more about how these simulations improved the airport design and improve capacity, have a look at our case study.

For more information about how our Simulation consultancy services can help your airport, contact us today.