The Airport Regions Conference (ARC) is an association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near their territories. The ARC brings together a wide range of expertise at the interface of air transport and local and regional policies. A common concern is to balance the economic benefits generated by the airports with their environmental impact.


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Six ideas on how to promote jobs and increase attractiveness of airport areas

April 18, 2019 - The DREAAM project is currently working on a set of best practices meant to support skill acquisition and development in airport areas. After working on the perception and promotion of jobs in airport areas in the previous project meetings, the focus of the latest meeting, hosted by Economic Development Agency Dahme-Spreewald, has been the transparency ...

Governance in airport regions: Dialogue is paramount for building consensus

April 12, 2019 - Collaboration between airport area stakeholders can play a positive role in promoting constructive dialogue, especially among stakeholders who might, at times, have different interests. During the ARC’s latest event, Governance of airport territories: a European overview, it was shown that open dialogue can foster a shared vision for the airport areas.

2nd DREAAM transnational meeting: finding solutions for both employers and jobseekers in airport areas

March 4, 2019 - On the occasion of the second DREAAM[1] project meeting (31st January – 1st February), the project partners worked together to develop solutions for airport employers and jobseekers in the airport areas. This meeting was hosted by Aviato, the employment agency of Brussels Airport, whose main mission is to offer quality and sustainable employment at the ...

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Planning, governance and economic development in airport areas Examples and lessons from Atlanta, Barcelona and Paris

Planning, governance  and economic development  in airport areas Examples and lessons  from Atlanta, Barcelona and Paris

April 2, 2019 - April 2019 This METROAirports report is the continuation of the Sustainable Airport Areas project, which was carried out between 2015 and 2017 under the leadership of IAU. This initiative resulted in the publication of a report entitled “Sustainable Airport Areas. Guidelines for Decision Makers”. This project represents an attempt to further conceptualise the notion of “airport area” and to broaden the perspective beyond the scope of previous research, which had focused mainly (but not exclusively) on airports and airport cities. The project has focused on three aspects related to airport areas, namely: (i) planning, (ii) governance, and (iii) economic development and employment policies.

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DREAAM project focuses on the exchange of good practices on vocational education and training through strategic partnerships. The objective of the project is to develop relevant and high-quality skills and competencies. The project contributes to enriching knowledge and dissemination of policy recommendations with the purpose of matching the current skills of the population residing in airport areas with the actual skills as required by employers, in this case, airport companies.

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