A Computational Study of Benders Decomposition for the Integrated Aircraft Routing and Crew Scheduling Problem

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The integrated aircraft routing and crew scheduling problem consists in determining a minimum-cost set of aircraft routes and crew pairings such that each flight leg is covered by one aircraft and one crew, and side constraints are satisfied. While some side constraints involve only crews or aircraft, linking constraints impose minimum connection times for crews that depend on aircraft connections. We propose an enhanced model incorporating robustness to handle these linking constraints and compare two Benders decomposition methods - one with the aircraft routing problem as the master problem and one with the crew pairing problem. We also study the impact of generating Pareto-optimal cuts on the speed of convergence of these methods. Computational experiments performed on test instances provided by two major airlines show that the proposed approach yields high quality solutions in reasonable computing times.

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A computational study of Benders decomposition for the integrated aircraft routing and crew scheduling problem
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Computers & Operations Research, 31, 1451–1476, 2005 BibTeX reference