Cignus recently finished a simulation-based assessment of several Terminal B development options at Houston Intercontinetal Airport (IAH) for United Airlines and the prime contractor, ARUP. As part of this effort, Cignus worked with United Airlines operations staff as well as the local ATC Tower to develop several AirTOp fast-time simulation models to assess the operational impacts, capacity, and delays associated with proposed Terminal B development plans.

Specifically, Cignus led the development of Baseline simulation models to reflect existing conditions at IAH in primary East and West Flow configurations. Working with United and ATC Tower staff, Cignus defined and implemented current runway usage operations, taxi flows, apron operations, and arrival/departure procedures at IAH. Subsequently, Cignus developed and analyzed models for Terminal B North and South development options currently planned at IAH through the year 2033. Using current 2023 and forecasted traffic demand scenarios at IAH, Cignus analyzed all models and provided recommendations to United Airlines based on operational capacity, apron and airfield delays, as well as noted congestion hot spots on the airfield.

Cignus is proud to serve our airport planning as well as airline industry clients with fast-time simulation and modeling capabilities. Not only did Cignus provide an in-depth operational impact assessment of new Terminal B operations on the IAH airfield, we also build baseline simulation models for United Airlines which can be used to assess a variety of operational, capacity, and network planning issues.