The paper is focused on one of the major air traffic management problem that consists in sequencing and scheduling airplanes landing and taking off on a runway. This difficult practical task is still carried out by flight controllers manually with little help from decision support systems. In this paper we propose an approach based on a time indexed integer programming formulation. The formulation is solved with a branch and cut method combined with some heuristic rules for dimension reduction. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is illustrated by computational experiments on real-life problem instances for the Milano Linate airport.
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Original Russian Text © I.L. Vasilyev, P. Avella, M. Boccia, 2016, published in Avtomatika i Telemekhanika, 2016, No. 11, pp. 131–141.
This paper was recommended for publication by A.A. Lazarev, a member of the Editorial Board
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Vasilyev, I.L., Avella, P. & Boccia, M. A branch and cut heuristic for a runway scheduling problem. Autom Remote Control 77, 1985–1993 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0005117916110084