A simheuristic approach for robust scheduling of airport turnaround teams

Yagmur S. Gok, Maurizio Tomasella, Daniel Guimarans, Cemalettin Ozturk

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Abstract / Description of output

The problem of developing robust daily schedules for the teams turning around aircraft at airports has recently been approached through an efficient combination of project scheduling and vehicle routing models, and solved jointly by constraint programming and mixed integer programming solvers, organized in a matheuristic approach based on large neighborhood search. Therein, robustness is achieved through optimally allocating time windows to tasks, as well as allocating slack times to the routes to be followed by each team throughout their working shift. We enhance that approach by integrating discrete event simulation within a simheuristic scheme, whereby results from simulation provide constructive feedback to improve the overall robustness of the plan. This is achieved as a trade-off between the interests of each separate turnaround service provider and that of the airport as a whole. Numerical experiments show the applicability of the developed approach as a decision support mechanism at any airport.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
EditorsK.-H. Bae, B. Feng, S. Kim, S. Lazarova-Molnar, Z. Zheng, T. Roeder, R. Thiesing
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728194998
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2021
Event2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202018 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Conference2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • analytical models
  • atmospheric modeling
  • decision making
  • airports
  • robustness
  • scheduling
  • stakeholders


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