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Project Reference: ITP/032/20LP
Project Title: A Simulation-Based Decision Support Platform for Service planning at a boundary control point
Hosting Institution: LSCM R&D Centre (LSCM)
Abstract: HKIA was the world’s 8th busiest airport in 2018 , with around 120 airlines serving 220 destinations worldwide, including 50 destinations in Mainland China. With over 1,100 flights daily, the airport handles 68 flights per hour during peak hours. In 2019, 71.5 million passengers passed through HKIA, with approximately 200,000 passengers per day.
The project aims to develop a simulation tool to provide decision support to the planning process of operations.
During a viral outbreak, the primary considerations for controlling operations include the separation of high and low risk passengers to reduce cross-infection, containment of disease during testing and facilitation of passenger flows to ensure that there is no congestion for international aviation. However, as this arrangement was developed quickly to meet the needs of the newly implemented government laws with regards to processing arrivals, the effectiveness and efficiency is unclear.
This study aims to use simulation tools to model the passenger activity at HKIA for developing possible scenarios during an outbreak for creating a decision support tool to handle outbreak situations at the airport. To help consider all aspects of control point operations and related aviation operations, a simulation-based decision support model could provide insight on how to prepare HKIA for handling future pandemic outbreaks or improve the response for outbreak including factors related to flight uncertainties, resource availability and distribution, contact between passengers and staff and control point layout and staff arrangements.

Project Coordinator: Dr Chun Hung Cheng
Approved Funding Amount: HK$1.92M
Project Period: 04 Jan 2021 - 03 Jan 2022
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