Algorithms for Optimal Airport Operations

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Photo: Hamburg Airport / Oliver Sorg Airplanes at the jet bridges of Hamburg Air
Photo: Hamburg Airport / Oliver Sorg Airplanes at the jet bridges of Hamburg Airport. New cooperation should make it easier and quicker to assign the machines to gates.
From basic research to everyday use: the Institute for Quantum Physics at Universität Hamburg and the IT provider Lufthansa Industry Solutions are jointly developing quantum algorithms to optimize operations at airports. The goal of this joint endeavor is to solve the so-called "airport gate assignment problem" at airports around the world.

The traveling salesperson problem is familiar to many from math: the more stops, the more difficult it becomes to find the best routes. Thanks to exponential growth in available routes, the problem is even bigger than it at first seems. The same principle applies to the "airport gate assignment problem," which involves directing arriving planes to available gates. ...
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