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A Simultaneous Optimization Model for Airport Network Slot Allocation under Uncertain Capacity

by 1,2 and 1,2,*
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School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
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Beijing Key Laboratory of Emergency Support Simulation Technologies for City Operations, Beijing 100191, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5512; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145512
Received: 10 June 2020 / Revised: 5 July 2020 / Accepted: 6 July 2020 / Published: 8 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toward Sustainability: Airport Risk Assessment)
Serious congestion and delay problems exist in most of the busiest airports worldwide because of imbalance between scarce airport slot resources and increasing traffic demand. Various factors, especially weather conditions, exacerbate the demand–capacity imbalance. This paper presents a robust model for simultaneous slot allocation on an airport network in multiple calendar days, considering airport capacity uncertainty. The idea of robust optimization is conducive to sustainable and stable decision-making. Robustness is represented through reducing the potential scheduling conflicts in the worst case. Then the model links the strategic decisions and pre-tactical decisions in air traffic management (ATM) through the tradeoff between strategic discrepancy cost and operational congestion cost. Under the support of the Cplex solver, numerical analyses are taken to validate the characteristics and effectiveness of the proposed model. The results show that the proposed model effectively eliminates the existing and potential scheduling conflicts, and makes effective tradeoffs between airline preference and potential airport congestion risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: air traffic flow management; slot allocation; uncertain capacity; robustness air traffic flow management; slot allocation; uncertain capacity; robustness
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Wang, D.; Zhao, Q. A Simultaneous Optimization Model for Airport Network Slot Allocation under Uncertain Capacity. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5512. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145512

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Wang, Donghai, and Qiuhong Zhao. 2020. "A Simultaneous Optimization Model for Airport Network Slot Allocation under Uncertain Capacity" Sustainability 12, no. 14: 5512. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145512

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