AIR.NET - Adria Wealth Project

Project

AIR.NET
Regional AIRports NETwork for a common economic space for the mobility of people and goods

Priority and Measure
Measure 3.1 – Physical Infrastructure
Priority 3 – Accessibility and Networks
EUSAIR Pillars
Connecting region
Type of Project
Ordinary
Interviewee
Mario Pertile
Interviewee role
Project Manager
Organization
Aeroporti di Puglia S.p.A
E-mail
mpertile@aeroportidipuglia.it
Telephone
+39 3473086668
Project website
www.airnetproject.eu
Budget in euros
2.113.520,00

Partners

Role Name City Country Contact person Email / website
Lead Partner Aeroporti di Puglia S.p.A   Bari Italy Mario Pertile mpertile@aeroportidipuglia.it / www.aeroportidipuglia.it
Partner 1 Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia Spa   Trieste Italy Andrea Sarto andrea.sarto@aeroporto.fvg.it
Partner 2 J.P. Međunarodna Zračna Luka-aerodrom Mostar d.o.o.   Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina Eldo Raguz eldoraguz@gmail.com  
Partner 3 JP “Aerodrom Niš”   Nis Serbia Nebojsa Vasic nvasic@nis-airport.com
Partner 4 Regione Molise   Campobasso Italy Tonio Ferocino t.ferocino@regione.molise.it
Partner 5 Comune dell’Aquila   L’Aquila Italy Gianpaolo Arduini garduini@libero.it

Project Description

Description

Project description

Connectivity and mobility of people and goods between modern countries are the basis for economic growth, social and cultural cohesion. However one of the major problems affecting the establishment of a unique space of development in the Adriatic area is represented by the lack of physical communications between the two Adriatic coasts. The AIR.NET project coped with the problem by supporting the establishment of direct air connections along the east-west Adriatic coasts in order to improve mobility and accessibility of the area. On one hand, this generated new opportunities for socio-economic development, on the other hand it helped pull down barriers for the circulation of people and goods, in order to strengthen the economic growth and encourage the cooperation in the Adriatic basin.

 

What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

The general objective of the AIR.NET project consisted in the establishment of a permanent network among Adriatic regional airports for the development of new services of air transport aimed at supporting economic relations and tourism improvement.

A preliminary framework analysis was carried out, concerning the development of new airline routes to link both Adriatic coasts; it provided the collection of all relevant data per project area and the development of 3 reports regarding market analysis, territorial analysis and legal state-of-the-art of the Adriatic regional airports involved in the project.

A Cross-border Technical Board for the development of new air transportation services was appointed. It coordinated the elaboration of a Feasibility Study in order to assess opportunities for new air services and business.

Regional mobility plans were developed  in order to integrate the structures and the infrastructures of regional airports with terrestrial public mobility systems in order to promote “co-modality” and provide efficient and direct connections between airports and main business/tourist locations.

An air company flying on Bari-Brindisi, Trieste, Nis and Mostar was selected through public tender and a marketing strategy was elaborated, in order to support the new routes launching process and ensure their performance.

Project communication and dissemination of results was ensured  through the organization of two transnational events and on-site initiatives.

 

Which are the project main results/impacts?

Result/Impact 1: FEASIBILITY STUDIES AND BUSINESS PLANS

A new routes development scheme was defined, including individuation of destinations, relevant flight schedules and the selection of an air carrier to implement the activities. A preliminary analysis ensured the concrete basis for the development of business plans enhancing the creation of the new air connections packages across the Adriatic sea.

Result/Impact 2: NEW AIR CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ADRIATIC REGIONS

New air connections (Bari-Brindisi, Trieste, Nis and Mostar) linking the two Adriatic coasts in a direct and lasting way were established and promoted in order to enhance cross-border cooperation and socio-economic integration of border regions. The air company operated on the involved airports within the duration of the project by weekly scheduled flights; the flight to Mostar is still active.

Result/Impact 3: REGIONAL MOBILITY PLANS, AND “CO-MODALITY”

Regional Mobility Plans were developed in order to improve the accessibility of the airports involved  in the project, and promote “co-modality”, that is  the integration and collaboration of the transport modes in accordance to the Communication (2006) 819  “Action plan for airport capacity, efficiency and safety in Europe” published by  the European Commission in January 2007.

Result/Impact 4: ACCESSIBILITY, MOBILITY, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Accessibility and mobility in partners’ areas was improved by activating new opportunities for business, and encouraging investments and tourism through travel time savings ensured by the new air flights.