LAirA's most promising outputs

The LAirA project and its most promising outputs were presented at the crossfertilisation and project idea development event organised by Interreg Central Europe in Vienna between 2 and 3 April 2019. The event encouraged cooperation between other Interreg Central Europe project with the aim of taking forward outputs and results in the fourth call for proposals. 

LAirA’s goal is to reduce the energy use and the negative environmental impact of transport activities in urban centres and their hinterlands by provoking a change in the mobility behaviour of passengers and employees of airports.

As the project will end in 2019, here are some of the most important results that LAirA will deliver to support the low carbon mobility objective:

1) Better understanding of low carbon mobility integration between airports and cities

LAirA developed an educational model for better understanding of landside mobility integration which can be used by the partner organisations or can be offered to public entities. This tool  is transferrable beyond regions and beyond the project area.

The overall objective of this educational tool is to enhance the ability of public authorities to understand the mobility needs and gaps of the landside accessibility of airports.  The aim of this model is to provide authorities with real solutions to improve low carbon mobility.

2) Changing behaviour and mobility planning

At policy-level, LAirA project defined a transnational action plan for multimodal, smart and low carbon landside accessibility of airports. We developed 7 thematic action plans: electric mobility, air-rail links, soft mobility (walking and cycling), shared mobility, intelligent transport systems, (ITS), wayfinding, and road-based public transport.

At community-level, LAirA built a transnational transferrable pilot for low carbon mobility management of employees. This pilot helps develop behavioural change in the employee mobility.

In our project we discovered that most of the airport’s employees are commuting daily by car to the airport – this is the greatest opportunity on CO2 reduction. Therefore, the LAirA partners have created an online ride-sharing platform, to lead awareness raising campaigns and to support policy for employee ride-sharing.   

3) Rolling-out of low carbon mobility planning strategies and transferring results at regional level

LAirA also developed a transnational strategy for smart and low carbon mobility integration between airports and cities.  Through this strategy, we aim to offer recommendations which will transfer the project outcomes at regional level. 

What’s next for LAirA project?

The outcomes of LAirA project pave the way towards a low carbon future. Not only that the results must be preserved, but they also have the potential to be further developed and tailored in such a way that they are being implemented at national, regional or local level. Our next objective is to facilitate access to the LAirA outputs and to make them usable EU-wide. In this sense, some of our ideas revolve around:

• transferring LAirA best practices beyond airport areas                               
• further enriching the educational model and increase its transferability
• improving the pilot actions to change mobility behaviour of employees.