Stuttgart – 29 May 2018 – The first transnational learning meeting of the Landside Airports Accessibility (LAirA) project was held in Stuttgart, between 28-29 May. Two full days of productive meetings led to considerable progress on the elaboration of novel action plans, which aim to innovate low carbon mobility.

Europe is gradually shifting towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy and society and mobility is an essential component of this transition. This is why, the first LAirA learning meeting opened up transnational policy dialogue on low carbon mobility planning, as project partners gathered to coordinate on the elaboration of novel action plans for mobility in airport functional urban areas. These plans are meant to tackle the challenge of the multimodal, smart and low carbon mobility integration of airports in the mobility systems of Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) of Central Europe. Hence, project partners are joining forces to elaborate action plans on seven thematic areas: Electric Mobility, Air-Rail links, Walking & Cycling, Shared Mobility, Intelligent Transport Systems, Wayfinding and Road Public Transport.

Furthermore, discussions were focused on the development of two intelligent transport system (ITS) tools that aim at changing the mobility behaviour of airport employees and passengers. The ITS tools represent an important milestone in the project, as they have great potential in fostering a crucial behavioural change at the core of the low carbon mobility goal. These tools, once developed, will be tested with the help of key stakeholders.

Lastly, there would not have been any productive meetings and results without the hosting partner, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS), who was in charge of the organisation of the first transnational learning meeting, and without the lead partner, 18th District of Budapest, who coordinated so well the successful event. Nevertheless, gratitude goes to the entire project consortium who proved that they found their way towards their shared ambition to improve capacities for mobility planning in airport landside area and to lower CO2 emissions.

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