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AOP23 — Integrated runway sequence for full traffic optimization on single and multiple runway airports

The efficient use of integrated arrival and departure planning requires the development of early and dynamic planning of arrival and departure sequences into the runway of an airport. Today limitations with static patterns, lack of predictability and high manual workload need to be improved. To reduce extensive queuing in the air and on ground for reduction of airline fuel consumption/cost, there is a need of trajectory-based and early planning for improved operational efficiency.

The concept of Traffic Optimisation on single and multiple runway airports is applicable for all airport layouts that have dependencies between arrivals and departures. This includes runways operated in mixed mode as well as runway layouts with interdependencies between arrivals and departures.

The airport layout may bring constraints on the traffic flow management flexibility and then yield less coupling potential. The single runway and parallel runways in mixed mode is currently recognised to be the most constrained situation.

Optimised integration of arrival and departure traffic flows with the use of a trajectory-based Integrated Runway Sequence address a number of significant operational environments and validations are performed with a variation of industrial prototypes in advanced IBP´s.

The main goal for the Integrated RWY Sequence function is to establish an integrated arrival and departure sequence by providing accurate Target Takeoff Times (TTOTs) and Target Landing Times (TLDTs), including dynamic balancing of arrivals and departures while optimising the runway throughput.

The look ahead Time Horizon e.g. 1 hour is the time at which flights become eligible for the integrated sequence. The Stable Sequence Time Horizon is the time horizon within which no automatic swapping of flights in the sequence will occur, but landing and departure time will still be updated. The value of these time horizons is determined by the local implementation and they are not necessarily the same for arrivals and departures.

The Integrated Runway Sequence is planned before Arrival flights top of decent and linked with Airport CDM procedures for departures. Fine-tuning of Arrival and Departure target times is provided to ensure efficient runway throughput.

NOTE 1: This is an "Initial" objective to provide advance notice to stakeholders. Some aspects of the objective require further validation.

NOTE 2: The SLoAs listed in this document should be addressed to air navigation service providers as well as to airport operators. This is due to the fact that some airports operate their own ground control units for specific areas of responsibility at the airport. Airport operators providing air traffic control services qualify as ANSPs and are therefore covered by the ASP SLoAs. It is up to each implementer to check and select what is relevant to them, depending on local areas of responsibilities

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each military authority to review this Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SLoAs that the military authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SLoAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to military authorities.

Air Navigation Service Provider / Airport Operator


Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
See list of airports in MP Level 3 Implementation Plan - Annexes
(Not yet defined)
Timescales From By Applicable to
IOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 01-01-2020
FOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 31-12-2030

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Applicable legislation
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2022
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Safety maintained while increasing capacity
Increased airport capacity
Operational efficiency
Both fuel efficiency as well as CO2/Flight Time Efficiency
Cost efficiency
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
ASP01 Adapt the local systems so as to enhance the coupled AMAN-DMAN
ASP02 Improve the synchronisation between arrivals and departures
ASP03 Adapt the ATC System to support integrated arrival/departure sequence functionalities
ASP04 Develop appropriate procedures
ASP05 Safety assessment
ASP06 Training
ASP07 System in use
APO01 Adapt the local systems so as to enhance the coupled AMAN-DMAN
APO02 Improve the synchronisation between arrivals and departures
APO03 Develop appropriate procedures
APO04 Safety assessment
APO05 Training
APO06 System in use
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Supporting Material

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Consultation & Approval

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