A Study of Flight Pad Time for Scheduling Process
Flight delays have become a big problem for current air transportation system, especially in busy domestic markets like those in the United States. This situation is predicted to worsen in the future with progressive increase in the air traffic demands. Since on-time performance has become a main competitive element for market success, many airlines resort to the flight padding practice as a means to improve their ranking. In brief, flight padding time is the additional time incorporated into the flight schedule to compensate for predicted delays. This study explores flight padding practices by identifying the factors that can influence the decision-making process for the required amount of pad time to be added for a particular flight route. Examples of ATL-JFK and ATL-SFO flight routes have been used to demonstrate the results of this study. All in all, it is shown that the flight padding practice is widely-used by airlines and scheduling factors such as departure time and month of flight have high influences in dictating the amount of the required pad time.
R. Varatharajoo, E. J. Abdullah, D. L. Majid, F. I. Romli, A. S. Mohd Rafie and K. A. Ahmad
F. I. Romli and M. B. Seng, "A Study of Flight Pad Time for Scheduling Process", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 225, pp. 517-521, 2012