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Recovery of flights disrupted by snowstorm

Xiaopeng Liu (Department of Air Traffic Control Center, Civil Aviation Flight University of China, Guanghan, China)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 22 June 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023




To reduce the time of flight rescheduling, reduce the total delay cost of all flights to a minimum and put forward more references for passengers to take flights, this paper aims to mainly study the recovery of flights affected by snow disaster within the minimum delay time.


The temporal and spatial network flight recovery model is used to optimize all flights of various types of aircraft, and the adjusted flight schedule based on minute delay time is obtained. In addition, for passenger travel flights, the impact of passenger delay cost on the total delay time is minimized as an objective function to calculate the passenger delay cost.


In this paper, the actual departure time of aircraft is sorted in ascending order. Up to five planes can take off from the runway every 5 min, and the 10-min decision interval is successively delayed. The actual arrival time is sorted by the same method and the sequential delay is calculated to obtain the adjusted flight schedule. As a result, it takes less time to reschedule flights.


In this paper, heuristic algorithm is used to adjust the schedule of delayed flights flexibly, which is convenient for manual modification. This decision method has good robustness and can partially adjust the interrupted flights without affecting other scheduled flights while maintaining the stable operation of the whole plan, greatly improving the efficiency of civil aviation operations and reducing the impact of flight delays.



Funding: This study was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China-Civil Aviation Administration Civil Aviation Joint Research Fund (Grant No. U1733105).

Data availability statement: All data included in this study are available upon request by contact with the corresponding author.


Liu, X. (2023), "Recovery of flights disrupted by snowstorm", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 95 No. 1, pp. 113-119.



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