Brussels, 23 January 2019 – International mobility experts and partners of the Interreg Central Europe project LAirA (Landside Airport Accessibility), debated the merits of different solutions for low carbon mobility to airports. These solutions are meant to support local and regional authorities, infrastructure providers and airports in achieving their goals for green airport access.

The conference Towards smart and low carbon mobility, organised in Brussels by the Airport Regions Conference, brought together European institutions (European Commission), international transport associations (UITP), public authorities (Budapest 18th District, Vienna City Council), airports (Vienna Airport, Dubrovnik Airport), and advocacy groups (Transport & Environment). These key players of the clean transport field reflected on the different aspects at the core of green mobility and its implementation.

Erich Valentin, ARC President and a member of the Vienna City Council and the Chairman of the Environment Committee and City Services, stressed the importance of sustainable airport access for the communities: Low carbon mobility to and from the airport is crucial for improving the quality of life of the surrounding communities and for supporting the growth of the airport as a hub that contributes to a greener future for its passengers and employees.

On behalf of LAirA’s lead partner, Budapest 18th District, Gabor Csaba Sooki-Toth noted that sustainable airport access has an important role in the development of the region and LAirA project aims to support the European vision of sustainable transportation through better urban planning and by providing mobility solutions accessible for regions, airports and users. Andrew Murphy, Manager-Aviation at Transport & Environment, highlighted that airports have a big role to play to change the access to the airport, but also that greater investment and regulation is needed to achieve low carbon mobility.