BEACON studies the feasibility of extending UDPP (User-Driven Prioritisation Process) to allow multi-prioritisation processes in the airspace (e.g. encompassing departure slots, regulation slots, arrival manager slots), and exchange of slots between airlines.

BEACON builds two models: a strategic model with long-term planning capabilities for the agents, and a more detailed tactical simulator to capture network effects and compute various key performance indicators. To properly capture the agents' behaviours, BEACON makes use of behavioural economics.

Different types of markets and credit systems are tested with the models. Special attention is paid to issues of fairness and equity, through the use of both existing and new metrics. In particular, the project explores the impact of the new mechanisms on low-volume airspace users.

BEACON increases the understanding on what Behavioural Economics can add to ATM concepts elaboration and validation methodologies and deepens and broadens the concepts of prioritisation in ATM beyond UDPP and their potential impacts on Network performance.

The project is structured in 7 work packages