A Decision Support Framework for Airline Flight Cancellations and Delays

Jarrah, Aumad I. Z.; Yu, Gang; Rishnamurthy, Nirup K.; Rakshit, Ananda
August 1993
Transportation Science;Aug93, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p266
Academic Journal
Aircraft shortages occasionally occur during day-to-day airline operation due to factors such as unfavorable weather conditions, mechanical problems, and delays in the schedule of incoming flights. Flight controllers need to respond to such shortages on a real-time basis by delaying or cancelling flights, swapping aircraft among scheduled flights, or requesting the usage of surplus aircraft. The choices undertaken aim at minimizing the losses incurred while retaining an operable flight schedule. In this paper, we represent two network models for aiding flight controllers in this complex decision environment. The models represent an attempt at conceptualizing this important and relatively unstudied problem, and form the basis for an evolving decision support system at United Airlines.


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