Journal article

Airline planning benchmark problems-Part I: Characterising networks and demand using limited data

Kerem Akartunali, Natashia Boland, Ian Evans, Mark Wallace, Hamish Waterer

Computers & Operations Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013


This paper is the first of two papers entitled Airline Planning Benchmark Problems, aimed at developing benchmark data that can be used to stimulate innovation in airline planning, in particular, in flight schedule design and fleet assignment. While optimisation has made an enormous contribution to airline planning in general, the area suffers from a lack of standardised data and benchmark problems. Current research typically tackles problems unique to a given carrier, with associated specification and data unavailable to the broader research community. This limits direct comparison of alternative approaches, and creates barriers of entry for the research community. Furthermore, flight sched..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are very grateful to Ian Evans and Alan Dormer (CTI Pty Ltd) for their ongoing support and guidance on a variety of practical airline-related issues and for numerous technical suggestions and insightful feedback that improved the content and exposition of this work. The authors would like to thank two anonymous referees for their comments that greatly improved the presentation of the paper. This research is supported by the Australian Research Council, under Linkage Projects LP00668076 and LP0883855, and by CTI Pty Ltd.