This paper presents a methodology to manage the support to design in ATM operations. We propose a workflow for the design of ATM solutions in a performance-based setting. The methodology includes the evaluation of the impact on human behaviour and exploits a combination of different paradigms, such as Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation, and Agent-Based Evolutionary Search. We prove the soundness of the methodology by carrying out a real case study, which is the transition from Direct Routing to Free Routing in the Italian airspace. The validation results exhibit limited errors for the assessment of the performance metrics under evaluation. Furthermore, the optimization of sector collapsing/decollapsing configuration is discussed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the implemented engines.




This work has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking with grant agreement No 783189 (EvoATM project) under European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.