DEVI seminar – Antonio Antunes

Date - Heure / Date - Hour
Date(s) - 28/06/2018
11h00 - 12h00

Emplacement / Location
ENAC, Building Guillaument, Room G13

Airport Slot Allocation in Level 3 Airports: Challenges and Opportunities.

Most of the busiest airports outside the United States, including the major connecting hubs, are classified as Level 3. At these airports, airlines need to be assigned slots by a slot coordinator to schedule their flights. Slot allocation is driven by a set of rules and priorities specified in IATA’s Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG). The process and rules for slot allocation at Level 3 airports carry enormous economic implications for the global air transport sector. In this seminar, we analyse possible improvements to the process that can be realistically implemented in practice. This analysis relies on an optimisation model fully compliant with the WSG for allocating airport slots to airlines. Our model was applied to a few airports of varying sizes, in order to compare the slot allocations performed by the coordinators with the best possible slot allocations under a variety of objectives and constraints, as well as to assess the impacts of potential changes to the WSG. The results obtained show that even some limited changes to the WSG can, on their own, bring considerable benefits in the short term to the slot allocation process. We have also identified and summarised a number of other changes to the WSG with potential to make the slot allocation process more efficient, fair, transparent and inclusive.

Antonio Antunes, Coimbra University, Portugal.