Traffic flow management method and system for weather problem resolution

Weather problem resolution in air traffic flow management is accomplished by automatically deriving a flow of constrained areas from a weather forecast product, generating a candidate flight list including conflict flights predicted to be affected by the flow constraint areas for each conflict flight from the candidate flight list order, generating reroute corridors available, and selecting the best available reroute corridor. Sector workloads are estimated which are affected by rerouting of the conflict flight onto the selected corridor. The corridor is accepted for the conflict flight if sector workloads are below preset limits, or, if the flight would cause the sector workloads to increase beyond the preset workload limits, a check is made for ground delaying the flight, and if found impossible, rejecting the corridor and examining the next available corridor for rerouting the flight.

Patent #: 6606553 Issue Date: August 12, 2003