Scheduling Aircraft Take-Offs and Landings on Interdependent and Heterogeneous Runways
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Forthcoming
38 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2015 Last revised: 28 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 28, 2016
This paper presents an optimization method for the aircraft scheduling problem with general runway configurations. Take-offs and landings have to be assigned to a runway and a time while meeting the sequence-dependent separation requirements and minimizing the costs incurred by delays. Some runways can be used only for take-offs, landings, or certain types of aircraft while schedules for interdependent runways have to consider additional diagonal separation constraints.
Our dynamic programming approach solves realistic problem instances to optimality within short computation times. In addition, we propose a rolling planning horizon heuristic for large instances that returns close-to-optimal results.
Keywords: Airport operations, Aircraft scheduling problem, Discrete optimization, Mixed-integer programming, Dynamic programming
JEL Classification: C61, R41
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