An integrated optimisation approach to airport ground operations to foster sustainability in the aviation sector

Weiszer, Michal, Chen, Jun and Locatelli, Giorgio (2015) An integrated optimisation approach to airport ground operations to foster sustainability in the aviation sector. Applied Energy, 157 . pp. 567-582. ISSN 0306-2619

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With increasing air traffic, rising fuel costs and tighter environmental targets, efficient airport ground operations are one of the key aspects towards sustainable air transportation. This complex system includes elements such as ground movement, runway scheduling and ground services. Previously, these problems were treated in isolation since information, such as landing time, pushback time and aircraft ground position, are held by different stakeholders with sometimes conflicting interests and, normally, are not shared. However, as these problems are interconnected, solutions as a result of isolated optimisation may achieve the objective of one problem but fail in the objective of the other one, missing the global optimum eventually. Potentially more energy and economic costs are thus required. In order to apply a more systematic and holistic view, this paper introduces a multi-objective integrated optimisation problem incorporating the newly proposed Active Routing concept. Built with systematic perspectives, this new model combines several elements: scheduling and routing of aircraft, 4-Dimensional Trajectory (4DT) optimisation, runway scheduling and airport bus scheduling. A holistic economic optimisation framework is also included to support the decision maker to select the economically optimal solution from a Pareto front of technically optimal solution. To solve this problem, a multi-objective genetic algorithm is adopted and tested on real data from an international hub airport. Preliminary results show that the proposed approach is able to provide a systematic framework so that airport efficiency, environmental assessment and economic analysis could all be explicitly optimised.

Keywords:Airport operations, Environmental impact, Ground movement, multi-objective optimisation, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G200 Operational Research
L Social studies > L100 Economics
H Engineering > H410 Aeronautical Engineering
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
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Deposited On:10 Apr 2015 09:40

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