Vienna International Airport hosted the LAiRA (Landside Airport Accessibility) Interreg Central Europe project in which Mobilissimus takes part as the mobility expert of the Lead Partner, Municipality of 18th District of Budapest, and organized a professional training on airports as mobility hubs, on sustainable mobility solutions and awareness raising of airport employees. Numerous mobility and regional development experts of Central-European city regions, airports took part at the event. The participants investigated the potential cases not only for landside accessibility of the passengers, but the potentials for the airport workers employees too, by which the overwhelming car-dependency can be gradually shifted towards sustainable mobility solutions including public transport and sharing mobility.
Balázs Kozák, an expert of Mobilissimus introduced the potential climate-friendly accessibility of airport by means of active mobility, that are partially infrastructure-based, in most of the cases require regional cooperation and in the vast majority of the cases require awareness raising too. These solutions could easily become widespread and acceptable with the help of workplace mobility plans.
András Ekés, managing director of Mobilissimus pointed at the significance of airports as mobility hubs and their potentials for sustainable landside accessibility via numerous examples based on both passenger and employee aspects.
More and more airports beyond their infrastructural projects, realize soft solutions too, like carpooling, or reaching internal drivers through awareness raising aiming at airport employees to shift to sustainable commuting solutions while commuting. Common point in the user-friendly carpooling applications is that they do not only ease the planning process, but make the everyday commuting and single rides easier too. These interventions can be successful on the long run if the landside accessibility of the airport is part of an integrated mobility system in terms of networks, services and ticketing.
The presentations of the conference can be reached soon on the website of the project: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/LAirA.html