Title: Evaluation of a centralised transportation assistance system for passengers with special needs at a Canadian airport

Authors: Mehmet A. Begen; Richard Fung; Daniel Granot; Frieda Granot; Chris Hall; Bailey Kluczny

Addresses: Ivey Business School, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada ' Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ' Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ' Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ' Boart Longyear, London, UK ' Strongside Technologies, Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada

Abstract: Transportation assistance for travellers with special needs (e.g., disabled, sick, elderly, unaccompanied minors) is provided at most airports, and the demand for this service is increasing every year. At most airports, air carriers are independently responsible for this service, and they set their own service levels and practices. We expect that a centralised system would increase resource efficiency and passenger satisfaction. We conduct an evaluation of such a centralised system at a Canadian airport using two distinct and independent models: simulation and queuing. We find that consolidating the service produces higher levels of service quality for passengers while, at the same time, uses fewer resources. We also discuss the pros and cons of a centralised system from the perspectives of the airport authority, the airlines, and the passengers. Our methodology may be applied to other airports worldwide to evaluate a centralised transportation assistance system for passengers with special needs.

Keywords: airport passenger transportation; passengers with special needs; simulation modelling; queuing analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2018.091678

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2018 Vol.10 No.3, pp.355 - 376

Accepted: 20 Jul 2017
Published online: 26 Feb 2018 *

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