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SEAPLANE Results

This page summarises the main SEAPLANE results (as of March 2005).

A practical output of the SEAPLANE project is the Resolution to the Commission of the European Union, DG TREN developed by the SEAPLANE Consortium and submitted to the Commission and other stakeholders on April 14th 2004.

While the full SEAPLANE Activity Reports are currently restricted to SEAPLANE Partners, there are now the first summary reports available:

The following sections lists main results against the SEAPLANE objectives:

Identify the North Sea Region’s air transport development potential

The SEAPLANE project has

  • confirmed the importance of good accessibility for regions' socio-economic development
  • confirmed the positive economic impact of regional airports
  • suggested new slot allocation procedures to maintain and improve flight connections
  • developed a resolution calling for air transport policy changes to DG TREN and DG REGIO decision makers in November 2004
  • contributed, via its partners, to the EC slot allocation consultation process in December 2004

Increase airports’ efficiency, security and inter-modality

The SEAPLANE project has

  • carried out an airport benchmarking analysis to support airport managers wanting to improve the airport's efficiency
  • organised trans-national networking events on airport security issues to facilitate the implementation of security measures at the airports involved
  • contributed to the installation of public information kiosks at Hanover, Bremen and Groningen Airports that encourage arriving passengers to use public transport
  • Improve the accessibility of regions
  • Across 10 SEAPLANE airports, more than 90 new commercially viable routes were identified and documented in Action Plans to support negotiations with airlines that may serve these routes
  • About 10 new routes to SEAPLANE airports are likely to have been inaugurated until the end of 2005
  • The new flight connections, if inaugurated, would increase the average accessibility of the regions involved by up to 10%
  • New direct flights to and from SEAPLANE airports, bypassing hub airports, will reduce fuel consumption by several million litres

Propose airport development strategies

The SEAPLANE project has worked out development strategies for 2 airports to be implemented within 2005:

  • tourism development for the benefit of Småland Airport and Kronoberg County, focusing on a short-trip concept involving visit to the "World of Crystal" and the theme park "Astrid Lindgren's World"
  • the development of a business model for a European pilot training school at Ljungbyhed Airport

Improve trans-national co-operation

The SEAPLANE project has

  • organised cross-sectoral and trans-regional networking events, workshops and seminars that were attended by about 240 persons from about 70 different regional authorities, airports, airlines and commercial companies of five EU countries and Norway
  • facilitated the transfer of knowledge and practical approaches regarding airport development constraints, challenges and best practices to secure a sustainable role for regional air transport in the North Sea Region

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