International Airport Review

A new European research project aims to improve the efficiency and capacity of air travel by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to redesign flexible airspace sectors.

Through machine learning, mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques, experts hope to reduce passenger delays, unlock shorter routes, lower emissions and alleviate the workloads of air traffic controllers by making the dynamic airspace configuration process automated and more flexible.

The €2 million SMARTS project, funded by Horizon Europe, is led by Centro de Referencia de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación ATM, A.I.E. (CRIDA) with support from researchers from Lancaster University Management School, NATS, the German Aerospace Center, Eurocontrol, Enaire, and Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC).

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