AN APPLICATION OF AIRLINE CREW SCHEDULING BY USING A COLUMN GENERATION APPROACH


Cankaya G., ARIKAN M.

JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE OF GAZI UNIVERSITY, vol.24, no.1, pp.43-50, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE OF GAZI UNIVERSITY
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-50

Abstract

Crew scheduling problem is one of the hardest and most comprehensive problems encountered in airline planning. In crew scheduling problem, it is aimed to find the minimum costly set of pairings in that each flight leg is covered at least by one crew pairing. In this study, a column generation approach that is commonly used in crew scheduling literature in which variables are dynamically generated, is used to solve the problem. The master problem is formulated as a set covering problem while the subproblem is formulated as a shortest path problem. Initial pairings which are sufficient to obtain a feasible solution, are produced using a linear programming model. The master problem, sub-problem and the model used to generate initial pairings are encoded by GAMS optimization program in an integrated manner and this integrated model is solved iteratively. The algorithm is applied to a private airline company's crew scheduling problem using real data and optimal crew schedules are obtained.