The auto-planner assigns flights one after the other, but not taking into account free aprons.
Therefore, if a plane is late on being serviced (for whatever reason), the next plane to use this specific apron cannot land until the plane being late to be serviced frees this apron.
So what happens is that you get bunches of delayed flights, at times 3 or 4 waiting, ALTHOUGH you have tons of free aprons.
Wished on my opinion:
If the allocated apron is still occupied by the present late flight, AND another apron for this airplane category is free for the duration of the rotation, the auto-planner should assign the waiting to land aircraft to this other free apron. And yes, this would imply that waiting passengers change door, therefore should check “the nearest one” :0)))
As we are talking auto-planner:
1 - Time between flights:
Presently, you can only allocate one space between each flight (say as an example: 90 minutes), but this is regardless of aircraft’s category.
Would be nice to be able to adapt this interval time depending on aircraft’s category, as an example: Small = 20 mins, Medium = 60 mins, Heavy = 90 mins on a specific apron.
2 - Allocation of flights:
Presently, it looks to me that the auto-planner will intend to fill first apron #1 (example), then only go to #2, etc.
Woud be again nice that it tries to allocate flights on each available apron, starting flight #1 to apron # 1, flight #2 to apron #2, etc…
… AND adding the ability to define a time interval parameter setting - say for example 15 mins for Small, 25 mins for Medium, 35 mins for Heavy - between this.
This way, flights would be automatically correctly staggered.
Of course, you can do it manually… but well, when you have tons of flights… better let it done by a more “intelligent” auto-planner LOL
Well, you asked, didn’t you LOL