A study of parallel pier finger airport terminal configurations

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Taxiing, walking, baggage transport and airport construction were studied to determine their effect on the geometry of pier finger terminals. The best terminal geometry based on taxiing alone is one with shorter fingers at the middle and longer ones at the ends. On the other hand, geometry that minimizes baggage transportation distance is the one with the longest pier at the centre. Baggage transportation distance is affected both by the geometry of the terminal and the sorting room strategy adopted. Decentralized sorting gives a lower baggage tractor distance than centralized sorting. Walking distance has been studied extensively by others who found that pier finger terminals minimize walking. As far as the operations considered are concerned, the terminal with pier lengths decreasing with distance from the centre gives the best combined optimal geometry. It also gives a lower number of piers than that found by others for walking only.
Bibliography: p. 143-147.
Dada, E. S. (1993). A study of parallel pier finger airport terminal configurations (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/21756