The Airport Regions Conference (ARC), an association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near its territory, and the Global AirRail Alliance (GARA), an organisation promoting rail access to airports, will jointly organise a full day conference on airport access.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet, discuss and exchange with airport rail operators from the entire world on our respective views about the challenges of airport access.

Each year, ARC explores topics of strategic importance for airport regions. This year, the ARC is dedicating the discussions to airport access issues, focusing on economic, social and environmental impacts on airport regions, as airport access has been a constant concern for local and regional authorities.

In the same time, GARA will look at best practices in planning, building and operating rail links to airports, best marketing campaigns to ensure growth, innovations in customer experience at airports and air-rail links, as well as funding, policy and stakeholder engagement challenges.

Date: 14 November 2017

Timing: 8:30 – 16:30

AGENDA available here.

Speakers Information available here.

Venue: ARC Offices. Rue Montoyer 21, Brussels 1000, Belgium

Practical Information: How to get to the ARC Offices


This event marks a fruitful collaboration between ARC and GARA:

“I am very happy to announce the partnership with ARC as the association brings together a wide range of expertise from air transport as well as local and regional governments. At this year’s event, I would like to focus the debate on the challenges the local and national governments will be facing with the arrival of new mobility services, implementing new legislations and working with airports to ensure seamless integration of different transportation modes to improve employee access and passenger experience. I am particularly interested to hear the discussions on how this will impact rail access to airports, what measures rail operators will have to take to compete with new mobility providers and what partnerships can be formed to stimulate business growth.”

Milda Manomaityte, Director of the Global AirRail Alliance

“I am happy to welcome the global air-rail community to Brussels and look forward to creating links with the local and regional policy makers. This year, the ARC started a new European project on the theme of surface access, therefore we are eager to exchange knowledge about the integration between airports and mobility systems. As always, we echo the concerns of our members and airport access is a topic that has evolved in the past decades, this change being reflected in the airport regions. Lastly, I am certain that our collaboration with GARA will bring new insights about airport access, and together we will explore more in-depth the intermodality, infrastructure, mobility planning and more.”

Léa Bodossian, Secretary General for the Airport Regions Conference

Meeting Documents