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Conference Overview

AGIFORS' 61st Annual Symposium will go virtual on September 20 – 23, 2021.

 The airline industry is just recovering from the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has also created an opportunity to bring about changes in business models, planning, operations, and revenue management practices in the industry – all supported by advanced analytics. The AGIFORS Symposium provides a platform for airline experts and decision makers to come together and exchange ideas. At the Symposium, speakers and attendees will share their recent experiences on how the industry has been responding and recovering from the COVID-19 crisis and share analytical models they developed for their respective stakeholders. These experts come from airlines, air transport associations, universities, industrial research labs, vendors, and consulting firms. Many throughout the airline industry and beyond have expressed interest in learning about the changes, some temporary and some more permanent, which the pandemic has brought about – for example, some learnings from the AGIFORS operations conference held online in 2020, was featured in the February issue of the OR/MS Today magazine (click HERE to read the article).

Some highlights for this year's Symposium

  • Free registration for airline and academic members, USD 30 for vendors. Rates apply for AGIFORS Members registering before 17th September 2021. Non-members and registrations after 17th September will incur an additional USD 30 fee
  • Presentations by the two Anna Valicek student paper competition finalists
  • Presentations by the Ken Wang Scholars
  • Technical presentations and sponsor presentations

Conference Registration

This year, more than ever, the AGIFORS Council believes it is important for our members to hold the Symposium online and provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to rebuilding the industry. AGIFORS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of operations research within the aviation industry.  Consistent with our mission and in recognition of the difficult financial circumstances facing many of our members, the AGIFORS Council will offer the conference at

  • no charge to member airline and member academics
  • highly discounted rate of $30 for other members

Rates apply for AGIFORS Members registering before 17th September 2021. Non-members and registrations after 17th September will incur an additional USD30 fee.  The registration fee for the annual symposium is typically $800 - $1200 USD.

Register here

Questions and answers

For answers to common questions, click here.

More information

For more information about the 61st Annual Web Symposium Conference:

Call for Papers

At this time, we are soliciting a call for presentations across a range of topics including: COVID-19 recovery models and approaches, airline operations, airline strategy, cargo & logistics, crew scheduling, e-commerce, flight planning, maintenance, merchandising and personalization, pricing, revenue management, robust planning, schedule and network planning, traffic uncertainty.

For details see HERE and submit your abstract HERE. If you have any questions please contact Lavanya Marla (technical program chair) at technical_chair@agifors.org

Important dates

  • Abstract deadline: August 22nd 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: August 29nd, 2021
  • Presentation videos deadline: September 10th, 2021


The policy of AGIFORS for all their meetings is to have the registration fee for Airline staff and Academics as low as possible. The philosophy behind this is that academics are likely to enter new lines of thought into our field, and having a strong presence by airlines brings great value to both the vendors and the airlines. Therefore we are very happy to have found below organizations as sponsors for this year's event:

Passur Aerospace 
Zulu Airline Systems 

For more information please contact Zeliha Akca, AGIFORS Sponsorship Coordinator at sponsorship@agifors.org.

    Virtual conference logistics

    The online format will necessitate some key changes for this year’s symposium. In particular, we will need to impose strict deadlines in order to give our production engineer time to prepare presentations in a format that facilitates broadcasting in our online meeting platform.  Individuals submitting abstracts will be asked to confirm that they will submit a pre-recorded presentation (following instructions here) by September 10, 2021 and will make themselves available to test their video and sound equipment with our production engineer prior to the conference.

    If there is a high demand to give technical presentations, we will select some of the accepted presentations for the main program (that includes a live broadcast and live Q&A session) and make the other accepted presentations available to members as part of an offline supplemental program (that can be downloaded and viewed by conference attendees).  Presentations will be selected by a review committee that will consider multiple factors and ensure the program represents a diversity of technical areas and analytical techniques. Presentations related to Covid-19 will receive priority for the live broadcast portion of the program.

    More information on the logistics will be forthcoming. 

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