AN OPTIMUM SCHEDULE FOR VARIABLE DEPARTURE TIMES

The problem is to minimize the number of aircraft required to fill a given airline schedule under the condition that each departure time is allowed to assume any value within some defined range. We Assume that the number of aircraft required for a schedule with fixed departure times has already been minimized. The reason for considering variable departure is as follows: it was noticed that in a schedule with fixed departure times there were cases in which a plane would arrive a few minutes after a scheduled departure time and this would necessitate assigning an additional aircraft to the departure. If, through the use of variable departure times, the departure could be delayed enough to allow a connection with the incomming flight an aircraft could be saved. We have developed a heuristic which we feel accomplishes this task.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alfred P. Sloan School of Management
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • FRISCHMUTH, D
    • GERSTBERGER, P
  • Publication Date: 1966-1

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  • Accession Number: 00074523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION LABORATORY, MIT DEPT. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • Report/Paper Numbers: None
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM