Airport Systems and Connectivity

This paper describes how the situation in Northern Italy, where more than ten airports are located within an area of 500 kilometers in diameter, lies between individual, separated infrastructure and a self-contained traffic basin. The presence of a “virtual hub” type of airport network would allow a focused and exhaustive service provision. Some market segments could overlap, such as charter services, while others would be handled separately with a high degree of specialization, such as express and heavy cargo transport. The system proposed in this paper combine old and new ideas, with the objective of creating an airport network that is capable of handling an ever-increasing volume of air traffic, which would not be absorbed by separate infrastructure. A virtual hub could be a linear network crossing northern Italy from east to west or a two-node one based on the Milan-Malpensa and Turin-Caselle airports that takes advantage of the future high-speed rail link connecting the two traffic areas. Another possible example is the Brescia and Verona system, where the Milan-Venice high-speed rail line is planned to have a stop. This system could become another two-node, virtual hub, which is facilitated by the same airport authority. Air-rail intermodality is an important success factor for an airport system. The rail payload is a constraint in the assessment of link performances. Finally, the virtual hub approach will allow the proper co-ordination of airport authority polices across regional boundaries, to the benefit of the communities at large.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 67-118
  • Monograph Title: Airports as Multimodal Interchange Nodes

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051876
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9282103390
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2007 2:39PM