Integrated Tractor and Trailer Scheduling for Airport Baggage Transport Service

Yuying Long, Gangyan Xu, Yuxuan Liu

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Airport baggage transport is a key aspect of airport ground handling which involves transporting passenger baggage between the baggage handling center and aircraft stands. Typically, tractors and trailers are used to implement the baggage transport service under the drop-and-pull mode in practice. Efficient airport baggage transport service is essential to reduce flight delays, save airport ground handling costs, and guarantee aviation safety. However, the existing methods for scheduling tractors and trailers perform poorly when dealing with high flight volumes at busy hub airports, leading to delayed responses for baggage transport demands. Besides, few works have explored the significance of the drop-and-pull mode in improving airport baggage transport service equality. Thus, to enhance the efficiency of airport baggage transport service and reduce airport ground handling costs, this paper presents an integrated tractor and trailer scheduling problem under the drop-and-pull mode. Then, an improved Genetic Algorithm (GA) is developed to solve this problem. Finally, simulation experiments are conducted to verify the effectiveness of the model and algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Subtitle of host publicationImproving the Quality of Life, SMC 2023 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350337020
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2023 - Hybrid, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 1 Oct 20234 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X


Conference2023 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHybrid, Honolulu


  • airport baggage transport service
  • drop-and-pull mode
  • genetic algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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