This paper discusses a decision support system for airline and railway crew planning. The system is a state-of-the-art branch-and-price solver that is used for crew scheduling and crew rostering. Since it is far from trivial to build such a system from the information provided in the existing literature, technical issues about the system and its implementation are covered in more detail. We also discuss several applications. In particular, we focus on a specific aircrew rostering application. The computational results contain an interesting comparison of results obtained with the approach in which crew scheduling is carried out before crew rostering, and an approach in which these two planning problems are solved in an integrated manner.

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ERIM Article Series (EAS)
Annals of Operations Research
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Freling, R., Wagelmans, A., & Lentink, R. (2004). A decision support system for crew planning in passenger transportation using a flexible branch-and-price algorithm. Annals of Operations Research, 127(1-4), 203–222. doi:ANOR.0000019090.39650.32