Special Issue "Air Traffic Management: Airport Operations"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2021) | Viewed by 1056

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marcella Samà
Guest Editor
Engineering Department, Roma Tre University, Via della Vasca Navale n° 79, 00146 Roma, Italy
Interests: real-time rescheduling; disruption management; disjunctive programming; job shop scheduling problem; landing and take-off operations; intelligent decision support; railway traffic management
Dr. Zhouchun Huang
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Guest Editor
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Interests: airline disruption management; airline planning and scheduling; transportation planning; optimization in energy and environmental systems; stochastic programming; integer programming; network optimization
Dr. Alexei Sharpanskykh
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Guest Editor
Aerospace Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: artificial intelligence techniques for air transport; multiagent systems; complex sociotechnical systems; distributed planning and scheduling; airports and airlines; urban air mobility
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Dear Colleagues,

In a world more and more driven toward globalization and requiring ever increasingly rapid responses, transport systems with high capacity and high speed such as air transportation address the growing mobility need of people and goods by bundling demand from dispersed origin-destination pairs to a set of interconnecting lines and moving them fast. In recent years, demand for air transportation has grown, increasing the workload of air traffic controllers to manage transport flows while ensuring safety and efficiency of operations. Airports are the backbone of the whole air transportation systems, representing also important inter-modality links for quickly moving passengers and goods. However, they can also create bottlenecks in the network. Managing as best as possible and optimizing airport operations is thus a key element for the health of the overall system. While the pandemic has obviously impacted the aviation industry, generating a forced decline in people travels, it has also created new problems and challenges, which will pair up with already existing ones once the situation will stabilize. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather meaningful contribution to the literature regarding the management and optimization of airports operations, with a particular focus in the use of operation research, Artificial Intelligence, data science, simulation and optimization techniques, both when considering a single airport but also in terms of cooperation among multiple ones. As such, this Special Issue covers topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Airport efficiency
  • Optimization of take-off and landing operation management
  • Green operations
  • Handling of uncertainty in airport operations
  • Passenger connection management
  • Disruption management both from airlines and air traffic control perspectives
  • Gate assignment
  • Taxing and ground operations and possible delay strategies
  • Baggage and cargo management
  • Check-in operations and crowd management
  • Airlines hub-and-spoke networks
  • Inter-modality passengers and cargo connectivity

Dr. Marcella Samà
Dr. Zhouchun Huang
Dr. Alexei Sharpanskykh
Guest Editors

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  • airport efficiency
  • terminal control area management
  • air traffic control
  • air traffic transportation
  • inter-modality
  • airlines hub management

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Impact of Air Taxis on Air Traffic in the Vicinity of Airports
Infrastructures 2021, 6(10), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures6100140 - 05 Oct 2021
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The extension of the current urban transportation system utilising the third dimension by air taxi (AT) operations represents a potential solution for the congestion of metropolitan areas. A major asset for AT operations is the connection to existing airports enabling the access to [...] Read more.
The extension of the current urban transportation system utilising the third dimension by air taxi (AT) operations represents a potential solution for the congestion of metropolitan areas. A major asset for AT operations is the connection to existing airports enabling the access to multiple other transportation systems. This paper develops an analytical model for AT operations and their capacity impact on airports, exemplary for Hamburg airport. The model is developed, based on the results of a fast time simulation (FTS) considering multiple aspects, such as vehicle configuration and touchdown and lift-off areas (TLOF). Collectively, three integration methods were analysed, each of them impacting the conventional air traffic differently. The results show that an integration using the runway-system is not possible with five ATs per hour. Further methods allow an integration of up to 20 air taxis per hour. Additionally, an energy consumption analysis of the ATs is conducted. Finally, proposals are given for integrating ATs at an airport and further strategies to extend the analytical model. Through this work, a model to calculate and predict an AT’s influence on the airside capacity of an airport is designed. This is an important step for the practical implementation of AT operations at airports. Full article
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