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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 143501, 13 pages
Research Article

An Integrative Approach with Sequential Game to Real-Time Gate Assignment under CDM Mechanism

College of Civil Aviation, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China

Received 26 December 2013; Revised 7 May 2014; Accepted 8 May 2014; Published 1 June 2014

Academic Editor: Hu Shao

Copyright © 2014 Jun-qiang Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper focuses on real-time airport gate assignment problem when small-scale or medium- to large-scale flight delays occur. Taking into account the collaborative decision making (CDM) of the airlines and the airport, as well as the interests of multiagent (airlines, airports, and passengers), especially those influenced by flight banks, slot assignment and gate assignment are integrated into mixed set programming (MSP), and a real-time gate assignment model is built and solved through MSP coupled with sequential game. By this approach, the delay costs of multiagent can be minimized simultaneously; the fuel consumption of each airline can be basically equalized; the computation time can be significantly saved by sequential game; most importantly, the collaboration of the airlines and the airport is achieved so that the transferring cost caused by the delay of flight banks can be decreased as much as possible. A case study on small-scale flight delays verifies that the proposed approach is economical, robust, timesaving, and collaborative. A comparison of the traditional staged method and the proposed approach under medium- to large-scale flight delays proves that the integrative method is much more economical and timesaving than the traditional staged method.