An Investigation of Airport Ground Access Strategies from A Post-Covid Perspective

Until recently, addressing the environmental externalities associated with the use of the private car has been the main focus of the airport ground access policies worldwide. However, with emerging unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic which have already changed the way the authors live, work and travel, encouraging a change in travel behaviour has become even more important. This has necessitated existing strategies to be reconsidered in favour of adapting to a highly uncertain ‘COVID-19 world’. Historically, there has been a dearth of literature relating to employees and airport ground access even though as a group they represent an important segment of airport users with much more complex ground access requirements. This paper therefore focuses on airport employee related airport ground access strategies considering an emerging understanding of the future impacts of COVID-19 on global air travel. Pre-COVID strategies have been investigated by conducting a documentary analysis of the most recent “Surface Access Strategies (SAS)” of 27 UK airports. The findings revealed that airport ground access strategies were mainly focused on setting targets and producing policy measures in favour of reducing car use and increasing the use of more sustainable transport modes including public transport, car sharing and active travel. However, it is worth noting that measures encouraging public transport and car sharing will be more difficult to practice due to social distancing and fear of close proximity, thus initiatives encouraging home-working, active travel and improved staff awareness will be at the forefront of the future ground access strategy development.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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  • Accession Number: 01763743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03107
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:10AM