Baggage Carousel Assignment at Airports: Model and Case Study

Torben C. Barth, David Pisinger*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Baggage operations at an airport are split into several different sub problems. The problem of assigning baggage carousels to each arriving flight is part of the important passenger arrival process. This article presents a mixed-integer problem for the underlying decision problem which aims at balancing customer satisfaction with operational needs. We introduce a static model that fulfills the different real-world requirements and balances the different objective criteria. It is shown how the model can be used in the dynamic environment of an airport. Because of the high degree of uncertainty at an airport, the issue of stability is discussed in detail. In a case study several scenarios with different time horizons and times of decision were studied. The model was verified with data from Frankfurt Airport and is successfully running as part of the decision support system at Frankfurt Airport.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSN Operations Research Forum
Issue number5
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Airport baggage handling
  • Mixed-integer problem
  • Real-world optimization
  • Decision support

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