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56th Annual Symposium

Hosted by LATAM

The 56th Annual Symposium hosted by LATAM will be October 10-14 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Santiago, Chile.

As always, this year's Symposium will offer the latest innovation in airline operations research and analytics. Various topics to be discussed include airline operations, airline strategy, cargo logistics, crew scheduling, e-commerce, information technology, OR management, revenue management, robust planning, and scheduling planning. Representatives from airlines, air transport associations, universities, industrial research labs, and consultants will discuss new ideas and present technical papers. The conference includes a vendor program for you to review the latest products. Come and share with us your ideas, thoughts, current trends, philosophies, and latest technological advances on any of the above or related topics.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Goran Stojkovic

Email: Goran.Stojkovic@jeppesen.com


This year we have over 80 people from more than 40 organizations (airline, academic and industry) joining us. Details are on the 56th Symposium Attendees page.

Social Activities

Wednesday Afternoon

Busses leave the hotel at 15:00.

We are off to the majestic hills of Casablanca to visit the Viña Mar winery where we will tour the vineyards (planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Carmenere) production rooms and wine cellars. After the tour we will have dinner at the winery.


16:00 Arrival and tour

17:00 Shopping and walking

18:00 Cocktail Hour

19:00 Dinner

21:00 Busses depart for the hotel

22:00 Hotel arrival

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Thursday Evening

Busses leave the hotel at 18:30.

The Gala Banquet will feature the announcement of the Anna Valicek Award winner and recognition of our two new Fellows. We will travel to Bali Hai restaurant for the awards ceremony, dinner and a show.

Bali Hai Restaurant

Av. Cristobal Colon, N0 5146 - Las Condes, Santiago


19:00 Arrival and Awards

20:00 Dinner and Show

23:00 Busses depart for the hotel

23:30 Hotel arrival

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Paper Voting and Survey

Voting on the Best Innovation Paper, Best Technical Paper and Best Presentation is now closed. Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Technical

Some Recent Improvements in Operations Recovery Management, Xiaodong Luo Sabre

Best Innovation

LARCH: A package for estimating multinomial, nested, and cross-nested logit models that account for semi-aggregate data - Jeffery Newman Georgia Tech

Best Presentation

Aircraft boarding strategies - Massoud Bazargan - Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University

Although voting for papers is over, we also still like you to provide feedback on the Symposium content, venue, organization, etc. by filling out our survey.


Anna Valicek Award

The Anna Valicek Award recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. The award honors the late Anna Valicek who served for many years as a member of the AGIFORS council.

Winner!Marcella Sama, Roma Tre University: Metaheuristics for efficient aircraft scheduling and re-routing at busy terminal control areas

Second Place -- Bronze Medal:

Michael Wittman, MIT: Customized Offers in Airline Revenue Management

This Year's Entries

Papers and Other Presentations

Technical Program

Please send your questions to  the Symposium Technical Chair, Semi Gabteni at semi.gabteni@amadeus.com.











Host City

Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core, is home to 2 neoclassical landmarks: the early-19th-century Royal Court Palace, which houses the National History Museum, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. Barrio Brasil and bohemian Barrio Bellavista offer lively nightlife. 

The metropolitan area has about seven million inhabitants. 


Ritz Carlton Santiago

Nestled between sandy Pacific beaches and snow-capped Andes Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago redefines personal service with a personal passion, making each stay in one of Chile’s top luxury hotels more memorable than the last. This sophisticated retreat in the heart of El Golf, one of Santiago’s most prestigious neighborhoods, delivers unforgettable experiences – like soothing spa services at the Santiago hotel’s rooftop Health and Fitness Center or exquisite dining at one of four distinctive restaurants – all complemented by impeccable service.

Hotel Info

Address: Alcalde 15, Santiago, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Phone:+56 2 2470 8500

General Information


Chile uses the Chilean peso: 1,000 Ch$ are about US $1.46/EU €1.29 (June 2016).


As you are making your travel plans, please check the local weather. Current forecasts are calling for daytime highs in the low 20s°C (70s°F). Evenings are much cooler, so pack accordingly.

The average temperature in Santiago for October is a high of 22°C (72°F) and a low of 7°C (45°F).

Conference Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate for all business sessions and the Welcome Reception. Men typically wear khakis and button-down or polo shirts. Women generally wear casual skirts/dresses/slacks and polo shirts/blouses. Please bring a light sweater or jacket as meeting rooms can be cool.

Casual dress is appropriate for the Wednesday afternoon/evening social event; please wear comfortable shoes. Current weather forecasts are for an overnight low of 7°C (45°F), so please bring a light jacket or sweater.

Business formal (suit & tie) is requested for the Gala Dinner on Thursday night.

Internet Access

Complimentary internet access is available to all guests booked within the group block. Please access by following the directions provided by the front desk.

Mobile/Cell Phone Information

Please review your service providers international coverage policy for information about calls/data plans. Review data roaming information carefully as roaming charges may be high.

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