A single airline can have thousands of planes taking off and landing all over the world every day. Since every minute is expensive and security is a top priority, somebody has to keep them in line. Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has come up with a solution to the problem.
Mattias Grönkvist, author of a dissertation on the subject, describes the difficulty in concrete terms:
“If ten plans have just landed at an airport, you have to have a schedule that says in what order the planes should take off-and where they are heading. This is determined by numerous conditions. For example, not all types of airplanes are allowed to land at all airports, and the planes have to have sufficiently large fuel tanks to complete each trip. Everything has to be done as efficiently and economically as possible, with sufficient safety.”
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