SPARA 2020

Peripheral and Remote Airports face a range of very special challenges that this project endeavours to address. Sustaining, future-proofing and delivering community and regional resilience and connectivity with medium term, proactive responses to the special challenges of, and threats to, remote and peripheral airports/aviation is the aim of this project.

The project intends to maximise revenues in challenging settings, significantly control costs, increase self-sufficiency and resilience, and create a forum for raising standards and improved interactions with each other, with common challenges, with suppliers, and with regulators and government transport policy planners.

The Project will focus on

Innovative Technologies to improve airport performance and control cost

Sustainable Energy Use to reduce carbon footprint

Maximise Non Aeronautical activity to diversify income

Socio Cultural role of airports in programme area

Transnational Airport Performance Benchmarking

Refined Methodology for estimating Economic Impact of Smaller Airports

The Northern Periphery & Artic Programme 2014-2020

The Spara 2020 project is part funded by the The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme. This Programme forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries; the Member States of Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. This means that the programme area encompasses the Euro-Arctic zone, parts of the Atlantic zone and parts of the Barents region, neighbouring on Canada in the West and Russia in the East.

Despite geographical differences, the large programme area shares a number of common features, such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change. This unique combination of features results in joint challenges and joint opportunities that can best be overcome and realised by transnational cooperation.

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective in the framework of the cohesion policy, supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme operates in a multi-layered policy landscape, making it well positioned to contribute to and align with the Europe 2020 Strategy, national and regional policies and development strategies, macro regional and sea basin strategies, and other programmes covering parts of the geographical area. In addition, increased interest and rapid developments in Arctic regions have resulted in a more explicit recognition of the programme’s Arctic dimension in regional development.

3 Year €2.4m Project

Designed to Facilitate an Innovation Cycle


*   Sustainable Peripheral Aviation Network (SPAN) to spread best practice

*   Innovative Technology to improve performance

*   Maximise Non Aeronautical activity to diversify income

*   Sustainable Energy Use to reduce carbon footprint


Best of breed methodologies for evaluation of peripheral airports

Project Partners