Queuing planes


About the project

OR-MASTER is led by a team at Lancaster University Management School, working with Computing, Science and Mathematics researchers at Leicester University. The research has been funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in response to growing concerns over airport capacity, rising demand, and the impact of congestion on both the travelling public and the air transport industry.

The work will build on the UK's world-leading expertise in Operational Research to find the most efficient ways to schedule flights, developing and testing new models and solution algorithms that take into account all the factors involved in the allocation of flight 'slots': individual airport operations, networks of airports, airline operations, air traffic management systems, airport authorities, civil aviation authorities, airlines and the travelling public.

Project lead, Professor Konstantinos G. Zografos at Lancaster University Management School, said: "Existing approaches to airport slot allocation do not consider all the real-world complexity involved. Therefore, there is room to improve airport capacity utilization which will benefit airlines, airports and the travelling public."

OR-MASTER Lancaster members include the following:

OR-MASTER external members include the following:

  • Edmund Burke (Co-investigator, University of Leicester)
  • John Drake (Co-investigator, University of Leicester)
  • David Melder (University of Leicester)
  • Sha Wang (Queen Mary University of London)

This research group participates in a wide range of activities and hosts events such as conferences, presentations and more.


Latest activities

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