ACRONIM of the Special Issue: ATM

Due to the rapid civil aviation growth, air transportation systems are faced with soaring demands for air travel. However, the increase of the supply of air transportation is much slower than that of its demand, certain conflicts between the demand and supply often occur, leading to airline congestions, passenger-luggage congestions and mixed traffic problems. Therefore, it is of great importance to understand the interplay between the various components of the air traffic system. A sustainable solution for increasing the efficiency of air transportation calls for understanding of air traffic characteristics and effective management methods through appropriate planning and control measures.

Air traffic is a complex transportation system, which is related to airlines, airplanes, airports and passengers. Therefore, the management of air traffic can be conducted from different perspectives. Researches on the airline planning, aircraft scheduling, hub airport locating and airplane boarding/deboarding are urgent needed to improve the operating efficiency of air traffic.

We invite original and unpublished research contributions in all relevant areas.

Special Issue aims to explore the methodological and technological advancements in understanding and managing air traffic problems.

The topics include but not restricted to:

  • boarding/deboarding behaviour modelling and management;
  • new methods of aircraft scheduling and airline planning;
  • pedestrian flow modelling and management in the airport;
  • road traffic management around the airport.

Guest Editors:

  • Tie-Qiao Tang, School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China, e-mail: (Lead Guest Editor)
  • Zhe Liang, School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, e-mail: (Guest Editor)
  • Fangni Zhang, School of Aviation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, e-mail: (Guest Editor)

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s “Guidelines for Authors”, which are located at

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the TRANSPORT ScholarOne Manuscripts system at according to the following timetable:

  • manuscript due                              until 31 December 2019;
  • first round of reviews                    until 31 March 2020;
  • publication date                             until 31 August 2020 [after acceptance as “Article in Press”,                                                                                                              later in the TRANSPORT 35(XX) 2020].

Manuscripts submitted for this special issue that are not finally selected for the specific issue (due to the limited number of manuscripts per issue) but are of high quality, may be included in a subsequent regular issue of the TRANSPORT, upon special issue editors’ proposal.