Tactical runway scheduling for demand and delay management

Rodríguez Sanz, Álvaro and López Cózar, Pablo and Pérez Castán, Javier Alberto and Gómez Comendador, Victor Fernando (2020). Tactical runway scheduling for demand and delay management. In: "10th EASN Virtual Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens", 2-4 sep. https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/1024/1/012108.


Title: Tactical runway scheduling for demand and delay management
  • Rodríguez Sanz, Álvaro
  • López Cózar, Pablo
  • Pérez Castán, Javier Alberto
  • Gómez Comendador, Victor Fernando
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 10th EASN Virtual Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens
Event Dates: 2-4 sep
Title of Book: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Date: September 2020
Volume: 1024
Freetext Keywords: Airport operations; runway throughput; optimization; arrival management; departure management; A-CDM
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Aeroespaciales, Transporte Aéreo y Aeropuertos
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Airports are limited in terms of capacity. Particularly, runways can only accommodate a certain number of movements (arrivals and departures) while ensuring safety and determined operational requirements. In such a constrained operating environment, any reduction in system capacity results in major delays with significant costs for airlines and passengers. Therefore, the efficient operation of airports is a critical cornerstone for demand and delay management of the whole air transportation system. Runway scheduling deals with the sequencing of arriving and departing aircraft at airports such that a predefined objective is optimized subject to several operational constraints, like the dependency of separation on the leading and trailing aircraft type or the runway occupancy time. Scheduling arrivals and departures at runways is a complex problem that needs to address diverse and often competing considerations among involved flights. In the context of the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) programme, airport operators and air navigation service providers require arrival and departure management tools that improve aircraft flows at airports. Airport runway optimization, as the main element that combines airside and groundside operations, is an ongoing challenge for air traffic management. By considering real airport performance data with scheduled and actual movements, as well as arrival/departure delays, we present a robust model together with an optimization algorithm, which incorporates the knowledge of uncertainty into the tactical operational step. Our model has been validated with real data from a large international European airport in different traffic scenarios. Results are compared to the actual sequencing of flights and show that the algorithm can significantly contribute to the reduction of delay, while adhering as much as possible to the operative procedures and constraints, and to the objectives of the airport stakeholders. Computational experiments performed on the case study illustrate the benefits of this arrival/departure integrated approach.

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Item ID: 66038
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/66038/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:66038
DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/1024/1/012108
Official URL: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/1024/1/012108/meta
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 19 Feb 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 11:13
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