Analysis and improvement of “The Last Mile” to and from the national airport as part of the mobility policy in the Brussels urban area

Julien Matheys, Christophe Rogolle, Nele Sergeant, Jean-Marc Timmermans, Heijke Rombaut, Joeri Van Mierlo

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Abstract

Aviation is the fastest growing transport mode worldwide. This transport mode largely owes its popularity to the fact that passengers are able to swiftly cover large distances. Apart from the environmental consequences of this situation, one of the drawbacks of this success is the increasing number of passengers that need to be transported to and from the airport before and after their flights. 'The last mile' is the distance between the starting point of the trip and the airport of departure or between the airport of arrival and the destination of the trip. The distance covered during this part of the trip is usually considerably shorter than the distance covered during the flight, although the required travel time can be significant. In medium-sized and large airports, the further development of activities can be constrained by the landside part of the passenger transport chain (the last mile), which may thus act as a bottleneck.

In this paper the current situation of the passenger transport to and from Brussels Airport is analyzed. Brussels Airport is located next to the highway ring road of Brussels and consequently passengers traveling by road to the airport influence traffic on the ring road. Inversely, daily traffic congestion on this same ring road interferes with smooth passenger traffic to the airport. Therefore public transport connections with the airport should be stimulated and diversified. The capacity of public transport should be increased and the catchment area of public transport should be extended to reduce the share of personal vehicles in the total passenger transport to and from the airport.

The different landside access modes to the airport are inventoried and their shares in the total are described. Planned mobility projects are described and their environmental impacts are evaluated in the light of expected developments of the airport 's activities. Moreover, the implementation potential of some examples from other airports to Brussels Airport as well as their sustainability are assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Urban Transport - Malta
PublisherWIT Press
Pages447-456
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-123-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • Airport mobility
  • Public transport
  • Environmental impacts
  • Urban congestion

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