| Transportation Research Record
Evaluating Air Traffic Flow Management in a Collaborative Decision-Making Environment
The Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) framework introduced into ground delay programs in the late 1990s is an integral component of the FAA's Traffic Flow Management (TFM) procedures. CDM allows the FAA to act as a mediator when managing TFM programs, transferring as much decision making as possible to the individual airlines. Although this approach has been highly successful in practice, it creates a new question for the research community: How should proposed enhancements to TFM be evaluated in a CDM environment? A sequential evaluation procedure, developed in this paper, addresses this question. The procedure includes airline disruption responses and a quasi-compression operation, attempting to mimic the three-stage CDM process. To model airline disruption responses, an integer optimization model was developed to balance operational and passenger considerations in determining which flights to cancel, swap, or delay. The value of this procedure is demonstrated by analyzing an optimization-based TFM approach in the CDM environment.
Keywords: Decision Making;
Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques;
Management Practices and Processes;