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

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

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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).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2019
EditorsPeter J. Haas
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132839, 9781728132822
ISBN (Print)9781728120522
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventWinter Simulation Conference 2019 - National Harbor, United States of America
Duration: 8 Dec 201911 Dec 2019 (Website) (Proceedings)

Publication series

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


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleWSC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityNational Harbor
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