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SEAPLANE Activities

Below, the activities carried out within SEAPLANE are summarised. There are also more detailed summaries for the following activities:

Current activities

(1) Status Analysis and Future Developments of the North Sea Air Transport Network

Activity 1 concentrated on the collection of airport and regional socio-economic data and its comprehensive analysis. Further, the current situation of the air transport network including the airports of the participating North Sea regions as well as existing constraints regarding the airports' vital spatial and economic function was identified. Possible future spatial, environmental, economic and social developments have been indicated and recommendations regarding improvements have been gvien.

Based on a spatial analysis, and demand forecasts developed in Activity 3, a SEAPLANE resolution has been developed and handed over to relevant EU institutions and national policy makers. The resuolution proposes measures (e.g., a changed slot allocation regime) to maintain and improve air traffic access from hub airports to peripheral regions.

Activity 1 has been carried out by Uniconsult and TOI.

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(2) Airport Quality Improvement and Development Strategy

Airports play a significant role in the provision of accessibility of North Sea regions. Activity 2 included the analysis of participating airports' efficiencies based on relevant indicators. It also investigated the different forms of airport ownership and organisation. The analysis has led to recommendations regarding the institutional set-up of regional airports which is most suitable to maximise their role in the region's spatial development. Another sub-activity has investigated the accessibility of airports by public transport systems and identified information systems to be installed with the aim increase the utilisation of regional public transport systems.

The findings of activity 2 form the basis for the investigation of the development potential of participating airports. Apart from handling aircraft and passengers, non-aviation business activities can also ensure the continued existence of the airport and thereby retain its positive spatial, economic and social impact on the region. A transnational team of regional representatives and airport managers has exchanged ideas and experiences on how to utilise the regional market potential of the airports. This has lead to the development of business models and first practical steps leading to the development and extension of market niches (e.g. the extension and investigation of transnational co-operation for pilot training at Ljungbyhed Airport, and the development tourism packages in the Vxj region).

Activity 2 is being carried out by Uniconsult.

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(3) Airport Passenger Market Potential Analysis

To achieve a better air transport network and to improve access to peripheral North Sea regions, Activity 3 has inverstigated the existing passenger potential of regions and their regional airports. An integrated model approach has identified the passenger market potential at each participating airport. The model has integrated regional socio-economic data, current accessibility of the airport by land-based modes, relevant EU transport policies, and actual transport needs of the regional population. It has also considered competitive transport modes within an inter-modal approach. The detailed market information has been followed by recommendations (airport action plans) suggesting feasible new air connections (routes) that would contribute to the spatial, economic and social development in the region.

Activity 3 has been carried out by MKmetric.

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(4) Impact and Implementation of EU airport safety and security regulations

The impact of actual EU regulations regarding airports' security and safety on national strategies to handle risks in the airport operation has been assessed. Models for revised security cost allocation have been discussed in trans-national workshops. The trans-national co-operation among airports and regional authorities under consideration regarding regional security plans has lead to an action plan for the optimal, most cost-effective implementation of the regulations at the different airports.

Activity 4 has been carried out by International Airport Kortrijk-Wevelgem and GAC German Airport Consulting.

(5) North Sea Aviation Co-operation Network

The first step in this networking issue has been the building of a usable and well-structured project website. The site acts as a platform for communication/ information purposes by a SEAPLANE partners. It also represents the project to the public and disseminates its results embodying the trans-national exchange of know-how and experiences among partners from the different regions and providing timely and easily accessible resources for common reference.

Furthermore, Activty 5 included the analysis of opportunities for horizontal and vertical co-operation networks. The network implies the bundling of market forces and existing know-how of the regional actors (regions, airports and airlines) to make use of several synergy effects. It also implies a cross-sector approach, as the network comprises representatives from regional authorities, airports and airlines and is open to other parties. One outcome of co-operation enabled by the SEAPLANE project is the SEAPLANE resolution, which expresses the concerns and demands of North Sea regions regarding air traffic accessibility and suitable policies on European and national levels.

Activity 5 is being carried out by BMT and Uniconsult.

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