Rail Events : ARC officially endorses the Future of AirRail : PARTNERSHIPS

The Airport Regions Conference (ARC), the association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an airport on their territory, has officially endorsed the Future of AirRail: PARTNERSHIPS international event.

“This conference is important as we all need to know what are the good practices that prove that intermodality at airports can work,” said LĂ©a Bodossian, ARC Secretary General.

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 against their environmental impact, notably the effect on the quality of life of local residents, and ARC advocates for strong air and ground links, as one of the key solution for reducing road congestion, and CO2 emissions in the airport regions.

ARC works with the European Commission’s Directorates for Transport, for the Environment, and for the Regions. In this capacity ARC chairs the working group dedicated to intermodality within the European Commission’s observatory of airport capacity.

“The times when intermodality at airports just meant building train infrastructure at an airport are far gone. We now understand better that intermodality is key for creating mobility, for lowering the carbon impact of the airport and for developing both the competitiveness of a region and the environmental capacity of its airport,” said the President of ARC and Vice Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Sergi Alegre.

The air-rail intermodality is high on international political and business agenda. With more passengers demanding seamless travel transition, the air-rail business has the best chance to grow and develop new services.

The Future of AirRail conferences recognise this global trend and invite airports, rail operators and airlines to join the debate and create a world-class seamless travel offering.

The Future of AirRail: PARTNERSHIPS conference will focus on how different stakeholders can work together to achieve the best results for seamless passenger travel.

The international event will take place in Frankfurt on 15-17 May 2013 and is co-hosted by Fraport, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn and the Home of Logistics & Mobility.

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