Donegal Airport is located at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal. Carrickfinn is located on the west coast of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way and is within a Gaeltacht region, therefore many of the locals are fluent in the native Irish language. Donegal boasts some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery and there are many great places[...]
Through the Low Carbon Solutions work package, HITRANS will be linking with E-Car Club and HIAL to install fast chargers at airports in the HITRANS and NPA region to facilitate E-Car Club services at the airports. Assisting E-Car Club with these charge points will ensure this service is brought to the regional airports, and provide[...]
Routes Europe
April 4, 2017 | No Comments
     Routes Europe is being held in Belfast this year between the 23rd and 25th April.   If anyone is interested to find out more about the SPARA2020 project and is attending please, drop a line to who is providing support to project lead partner, and he will be happy to rendezvous for an[...]
Remote tower
April 4, 2017 | No Comments
The British Irish Airports Expo is being held in the NEC Birmingham on the 7th and 8th of June. They are holding a very relevant all day seminar on Remote Air Traffic with contributions from UK and Irish Airports who have been investigating the technology, from the UK and Irish CAAs, and from invited specialist[...]
The University of Sydney and Molde University are commissioned to appraise the potential for further efficiency improvements among the airports in the Northern Periphery Area. For the SPARA2020 benchmarking study, we would kindly like to ask you to complete the web-based survey: This information will provide highly valuable input to the SPARA2020 project. All[...]
Within SPARA2020 we investigate what policy makers can do to improve commercial viability of regional and remote aviation. As part of that question one needs to evaluate whether it is worth having regional air services at all. For the regions themselves this is a no brainer because the economic, social, cultural and health impact of[...]
Access the above article, written by Svein Brathen and Knut Sandberg Eriksen here.
As in the previous newsletter, “How will remote technology work in remote regions?”, remote technologies represent a significant opportunity for airports in peripheral regions. One of our partners, Storuman, together with their sub-partner SENSEC, an SME in the security-business, is underway of setting up a pilot for remote security. As of today we are advocating[...]
After the fact finding mission at Hemavan Airport, the project team focus work on processes and use cases to perform analysis on how to best support the actors involved. Use Case of flight phases and involved actors for a flight from Stockholm-Arlanda to Hemavan Airport (and the return flight) is developed, including the standard way[...]
Stakeholder engagement
February 17, 2017 | No Comments
A draft generic engagement template has been developed and circulated within the Robert Gordon University project team for comment. It will be updated to reflect any responses made by the team then used to create specific templates to enable airports to implement stakeholder and public engagement strategies. Work is under way to identify best practices for engagement[...]
It is anticipated that European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will introduce new operational rules during the first quarter of 2017 to allow commercial operations by Single Engine Turbine (SET) aircraft in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). This timescale is not fixed and is subject to the legislative process, which has already run for longer than originally[...]
In February 2017 Highlands & Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) operated Campbeltown Airport on the west coast of Scotland became the first airport to operate flights in mainland Britain without any security screenings for nearly 50 years. All 15 passengers travelling on the Loganair flight on Monday from Campbeltown to Glasgow were allowed to board the[...]
Looking at the international scene, the Transportstyrelsen report tracked visit durations for the 33 European cities most frequently flown to from the Swedish airports were then calculated.   As a rule reachability is better than accessibility, i.e. you can spend longer at European destinations than you can spend in Sweden when travelling there from those destinations.[...]
Swedish agencies Trafikverket and Transportstyrelsen have undertaken some useful indexing of regional domestic and international air connectivity for the Swedish Regions.  These measures help guide public decision making about the supplementary role that aviation can play in ensuring adequate provision of transport connectivity appropriate to the social and economic needs of each region is maintained. [...]
The poll by consumer group Which? found they had customer satisfaction ratings of up to 85% compared with less than 50% for some of the largest airports.  Southend and Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield topped the table, with Luton at the bottom with a rating of 37%. Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said larger airports “continue[...]
2016 has proven to be a record breaking year at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers exceeding 730,000 for the first time in the airports 31 year history. More on this story here.    
Ann Tilbury and Scott Connor from the University of the Highlands and Islands are now in Phase 2 of work package 5.3 – addressing some of the special needs of the smaller civilian airports in the region through the development, piloting and evaluation of remote training interventions. Based on the analysis of Phase 1 scoping[...]
Together with the LFV team supported by Mikael Fredriksson, Storuman, a fact finding mission was performed at Hemavan Airport. It’s indispensable to meet airport staff and see facilities as well as having an update on future plans and challenges. For the ACDM Lite project the visit to the Hemavan Airport Tower was valuable to get[...]
SPARA roadmap
December 22, 2016 | No Comments
A first version of the SPARA roadmap “Supporting people and communities in the Northern and Arctic territories – A 2050 vision for air mobility” has been released and circulated for comments. A new version will be available and discussed at the next partnership meeting in Ireland. The ACDM lite activity kicked off in November. The[...]
December 21, 2016 | No Comments
Trafikverket have now produced a first draft of their SPARA Roadmap. The aim of the report is to reflect developments in technology & innovation, and help influence change across the industry to enhance the sustainability of airports that are often critical community resources. In their Roadmap, Trafikverket have explored the opportunities and challenges facing such[...]