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Stochastic Modelling of Aircraft Queues: A Review

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Publication date11/09/2018
Host publicationOR60: The OR Society Annual Conference: Keynote Papers
EditorsAhmed Kheiri
Pages61-83
Number of pages23
Original languageEnglish
Event60th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society - Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 11/09/201813/09/2018

Conference

Conference60th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society
Abbreviated titleOR60
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period11/09/1813/09/18

Conference

Conference60th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society
Abbreviated titleOR60
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period11/09/1813/09/18

Abstract

In this paper we consider the modelling and optimal control of queues of aircraft waiting to use the runway(s) at airports, and present a review of the related literature. We discuss the formulation of aircraft queues as nonstationary queueing systems and examine the common assumptions made in the literature regarding the random distributions for inter-arrival and service times. These depend on various operational factors, including the expected level of precision in meeting pre-scheduled operation times and the inherent uncertainty in airport capacity due to weather and wind variations. We also discuss strategic and tactical methods for managing congestion at airports, including the use of slot controls, ground holding programs, runway configuration changes and aircraft sequencing policies.