Why has airline forecasting been so difficult?  Airlines have worked for a generation with explicitly programmed optimizers and forecast algorithms to obtain some measure of predictability in their planning. On paper, optimization appears to be a panacea, if you have very few constraints and a fairly simple business model. In practice, the complexity of operational…

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Many major airports around the world are operating at or well beyond their design capacity at peak periods of each day. With the robust projections in air travel demand, this constraint is affecting on-time performance and growth for airlines as well as customer satisfaction with airport services such as check-in, security, immigration, baggage handling, etc.…

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