The Air Transport & Operations (ATO) group believes that high efficiency, safety, reliability, and resilience of air transport operations can only be achieved by using adaptive operations. Plans can be rapidly re-optimised and adjusted to new information about the air transportation system and its components.

The increasing availability of data, the advances in modelling techniques, and the growing of computational capabilities enable the development of innovative artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and optimisation methods to provide digital solutions for adaptive operations. Primarily following data-driven solutions, the ATO group contributes to the understanding and optimisation of air transport processes and supports the coordination among different stakeholders at different operational levels. Furthermore, following the current environmental challenges and the EU climate goals, part of the research effort in the group is studying how new technological developments, such as electric taxiing and electric/hybrid aircraft, could be incorporated into novel operational concepts to accelerate the greening of aviation further.