How do you operate an airport during peak traffic under extreme uncertainties, continuous exceptions, restricted resources and unpredictable weather?
By calculating a plan for optimizing the airport and its resources. Sounds simple, but requires some serious mathematics to work.
When Christmas arrives, Lapland changes.
At Kittilä Airport, the number of passengers grew by 12% in 2018. This growth puts heavy pressure on infrastructure and resources in the region.
Even though Kittilä is a small airport with twelve parking spots, 58 flights arrive and depart on the busiest days. The number of possible parking alternatives at the airport quickly becomes impossible for a human to calculate.
58 flights can be parked 10^31 different ways – a tough nut to crack even for a supercomputer. With 70-80% of those flights landing within a four-hour time frame, calling peaks busy would be an understatement.
Parking spots aren’t the only limited resource. The airport is constantly struggling to provide enough buses, staff and check-in counters to cater to the increase in air traffic. Simply adding more resources is ineffective, since outside the busiest season the airport only receives one or two flights a day. How do you operate an airport with limited resources?