On static vs dynamic (switching of) operational policies in aircraft turnaround team allocation and management

Sudipta Saha, Maurizio Tomasella, Giovanni Cattaneo, Andrea Matta, Silvia Padrón

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Aircraft turnaround operations represent the fulcrum of airport operations. They include all services to be provided to an aircraft between two consecutive flights. These services are executed by human operators, often organised in teams, who employ some related equipment and vehicles (e.g. conveyor belts, trolleys and tugs for baggage loading/unloading and transportation). In this paper, we focus on the real-time management of turnaround operations, and assess the relative merits and limitations of so-called dispatching rules that originate from the manufacturing literature. More precisely, we focus on the real-time allocation, on the day of operation, of teams of ground handling operators to aircraft turnarounds. This is pursued from the viewpoint of third-party service providers. We employ simulation, in conjunction with deep reinforcement learning, and work on the case of a real airport and the entirety of its turnaround operations involving multiple service providers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 Winter Simulation Conference
EditorsS. Kim, B. Feng, K. Smith, S. Masoud, Z. Zheng, C. Szabo, M. Loper
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781665433112
ISBN (Print)9781665433129
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736
ISSN (Electronic)1558-4305


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