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An aggregate stochastic programming model for air traffic flow management


  • Andreatta, Giovanni
  • Dell'Olmo, Paolo
  • Lulli, Guglielmo


In this paper, we present an aggregate mathematical model for air traffic flow management (ATFM), a problem of great concern both in Europe and in the United States. The model extends previous approaches by simultaneously taking into account three important issues: (i) the model explicitly incorporates uncertainty in the airport capacities; (ii) it also considers the trade-off between airport arrivals and departures, which is a crucial issue in any hub airport; and (iii) it takes into account the interactions between different hubs. The level of aggregation proposed for the mathematical model allows us to solve realistic size instances with a commercial solver on a PC. Moreover it allows us to compute solutions which are perfectly consistent with the Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) procedure in ATFM, widely adopted in the USA and which is currently receiving a lot of attention in Europe. In fact, the proposed model suggests the number of flights that should be delayed, a decision that belongs to the ATFM Authority, rather than assigning delays to individual aircraft.

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  • Andreatta, Giovanni & Dell'Olmo, Paolo & Lulli, Guglielmo, 2011. "An aggregate stochastic programming model for air traffic flow management," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 215(3), pages 697-704, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:215:y:2011:i:3:p:697-704

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    1. Alonso, Antonio & Escudero, Laureano F. & Teresa Ortuno, M., 2000. "A stochastic 0-1 program based approach for the air traffic flow management problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 120(1), pages 47-62, January.
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