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STTAR: A simheuristics-enabled scheme for multi-stakeholder coordination of aircraft turnaround operations

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference
PublisherINFORMS Inst.for Operations Res.and the Management Sciences
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132839
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
EventWinter Simulation Conference 2019
: Simulation for Risk Management
- Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center , National Harbor, United States
Duration: 8 Dec 201911 Dec 2019


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleWinterSim19
CountryUnited States
CityNational Harbor
Internet address


Aircraft turnaround operations involve all services to an aircraft (e.g. passenger boarding/disembarking, re-fuelling, deicing) between its arrival and immediately following departure. The aircraft, parked at its stand, witnesses a number of service providers move around it to perform their duties. These companies run substantially independent operations, working for different airlines/flights within a confined area where many resources, including physical space itself, have inescapably to be shared. Inter-dependencies among service providers abound, and knock-on effects at disrupted times are rife. Coordination from the side of the airport operator is difficult. We envisage a tactical robust scheme whereby ground handlers and the airport operator cooperate, albeit indirectly, in the development of plans for the next day that are less likely to be impacted by at least the more frequent operational disruptions. The scheme is based on a simheuristic approach which integrates ad-hoc heuristics with a hybrid simulation model (agent-based/discrete-event).


Winter Simulation Conference 2019
: Simulation for Risk Management


National Harbor, United States

Event: Conference

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