Boryspil, Donetsk, and Lviv International Airports: Ukraine Euro2012 Airports
Ricondo was engaged by the Ukraine National Agency Euro2012 (European football championships) to provide support for the ongoing design and construction of facilities at three Ukraine host-city airports: Kyiv Borispyl International Airport, Donetsk International Airport, and Lviv International Airport. Ricondo developed airfield and terminal computer models to simulate match-day aircraft and passenger activities projected by the Union of European Football Associations, which, at the larger host cities, could result in more than 41,000 passengers on match days. Total Airspace and Airport Modeller (TAAM) software was used to model airfield and apron performance, and Comprehensive Airport Simulation Technology (CAST) software was used to model terminal performance. These models also provided the National Agency and its stakeholders with three-dimensional animation of airport performance under match-day conditions. Specifically, the National Agency used TAAM to coordinate and optimize runway, aircraft taxiing, gate, and remote hardstand operations, and it used CAST to coordinate passenger processing with national security agency, customs and border police, airline, and airport operations. Additionally, the model was used as proof of concept during briefings with the host city governments that will be responsible for transportation between the airports and the stadiums.
As a result of Ricondo's modeling and analyses, improvements to airfield capacities were approved by the National Agency, including expansion of certain apron pavements to increase aircraft parking positions, improvements to taxiway/taxilane access and efficiency, and improvements to ground service vehicle circulation to facilitate apron bus operations between the terminal and remote gate positions. Additionally, previously approved terminal designs were amended by the National Agency to improve vertical circulation elements, increasing queuing areas to accommodate demand surges, increasing capabilities to accommodate apron busing operations, and generally simplifying circulation. Improvements were also made to simplify the operation of the airport baggage handling systems while ensuring the capability to accommodate continued growth in domestic and international airline service.