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Project acronym: BALTIC BIRD

Project title: Improved accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region by air transport

Application call: 4

Priority: 2. Internal and external accessibility

Project website: www.baltic-bird.eu

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Lead Partner:

Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Europaangelegenheiten des Landes Brandenburg
Heinrich-Mann-Allee 107
14473 Potsdam
DE
Holger Schandert
E-mail: holger.schandert@mwe.brandenburg.de
Phone: 0049 (0) 331 866 1521
Fax: 0049 (0) 331 866 1729

Project Manager:

UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting GmbH
Burchardkai 1
21129 Hamburg
DE
Dr. Oliver Boldt
E-mail: o.boldt@uniconsult-hamburg.de
Phone: 0049 (0) 40 74008 116
Fax: 0049 (0) 40 322764


Information Manager:

CONVIS Consult & Marketing GmbH
Margaretenstraße 10
14193 Berlin
DE
Jean-Christophe Binetti
E-mail: binetti@convis.com
Phone: 0049 (0) 30 89 04 169 31
Fax: 0049 (0) 30 89 04 169 69



Summary description of the project:

Peripheral Baltic Sea regions have been characterized by depopulation and weak socio-economic conditions. These trends are contrary to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), VASAB and the integrated territorial development of the EU (see Art. 3 (2c) of the Council Regulation (EC) No. 1083/2006 and Art. 6 (2) of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006). Although train and ferry connections exist, only airside quality accessibility is the key to change the current situation and to bring employers, investors and market demands to the remote regions. Being aware of the interrelation between socio economic development and accessibility, 21 regional authorities, airports, economic development agencies and transport institutes from 8 Baltic countries incl. Norway as well as 5 international airlines have established a trans-national partnership to work on efficient, effective and viable air transport connections for peripheral regions to improve airside accessibility as well as regional

competitiveness (more job opportunities and growing economic prosperity) of peripheral Baltic Sea regions in an economic and sustainable way.

The large and experienced partnership has established new flight connections to peripheral areas by a trans-nationally developed and applied specific set of instruments, such as: Air Transport Passenger Market Analysis, Airport Marketing Concept, Public Service Obligations Manual, Tourism Destination Development Guidelines. Based on a best practice approach, those instruments were jointly developed and implemented during the project execution. The BALTIC BIRD (BB) partnership also analysed how to reduce extensive detours flights via Oslo and Stockholm to the benefit of less fuel consuming direct flights, connecting locations in the northern part of Norway, Sweden and Finland while reducing CO2 footprint.

BB partnership also worked on better interconnectivity combining airside transportation with sustainable individual public transport services

to/from airports to reduce individual transport share. By involving Lead Partner (LP) of IV B BSR project BalticAirCargo.net, joint cargo and PAX market activities could be bundled with stronger impact on new flight connections/better accessibility in BSR. Further clustering activities were executed over the borders of the BSR program by integrating LP’s airport of IV B Central Europe “CHAMPIONS” project as well as LP from South Baltic IV A “South Baltic Global Access” (SBGA) project. As those projects followed a similar approach, BB was able to use elaborated and available approaches, structures and instruments for a more effective project work.

A joint policy framework paper was developed and submitted to DG Regio/DG MOVE proposing ideas for improvement in EU regional policy for peripheral BSR. By this cluster approach partners from different INTERREG regions (BSR, South Baltic, CE) were able to actively participate in EU policy on regional development and accessibility.


Achievements of the project so far:

With the aim to enhance the regions’ competitiveness, BALTIC BIRD (BB) developed efficient and viable flight connections for peripheral Baltic Sea regions. New routes mean faster accessibility to and from Europe’s economic centers as well as an increase in economic and social integration. The transnational project group worked jointly on the following most essential activities and outputs to the benefit of the target groups:

• Route-specific passenger (PAX) potential analyses reflect the current and future travel demands of people to/from BSR and investigate the demand potential existing to inaugurate air services in the forthcoming schedule periods. Airports in remote BSR as well as the public benefit from new flight routes resulting from the analyses giving them better access to business and social life. Airports and regions used the analysis for approaching airlines (e. g. participating in Routes Europe Conference, contacting airlines with business cases). Based on that several new

scheduled and charter flight connections from partner airports to national or international airports could be established.

• BB group has worked on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOTs) regarding current and future linkage of their public transport services (PTS) with airport/air transport. Best-practices of airport interconnectivity in peripheral and agglomerated BSR have been identified. Together with the SWOTs they have been integrated into the elaboration of strategic options for innovative PTS solutions to enhance airport interconnectivity. Because information was identified as a major success factor for enhancing interconnectivity the regional airport in Joensuu invested into PAX information screen so that frequency of bus connections could be enhanced. This facilitation of the use of PTS when accessing BSR airports lead to reductions of emission of greenhouse gases per departing/arriving PAX by lowering individual traffic to/from airports.

• BB has developed a

strategy toolbox which project partners (PP) and regional airports in the BSR use stimulating inauguration of routes to/from the BSR with medium or low PAX potentials such as airport marketing strategies referring to experiences/needs of involved airports/airlines. This offers better skills and knowledge for airports improving their regional accessibility. A pilot-project was executed to implement the airport marketing strategy of "Two airports Acting as One Destination" to attract airlines to set up new flight routes. Transnational knowledge exchange has led to tourism destination concepts utilizing regional tourism potential and increasing perception of remote BSR as destinations. Application guidelines for Public Service Obligations (PSO) & Route Development Funds (RDF) have equipped regions with knowledge how to encourage airlines to operate non-economically viable flight routes. In addition the BSR regions are now better aware of the regional economic impact of such flight routes.



Project Duration: Jun 2011 - Sep 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.950.000,00
ERDF co-financing: 2.081.800,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 125.000,00

List of partners

Ministry of Economics and European Affairs of the Region Brandenburg
14473 Potsdam | GERMANY
Heinrich-Mann-Allee 107
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Holger Schandert
Phone: 0049 (0) 331 866 152
E-mail: holger.schandert@mwe.brandenburg.de
Web: http://www.mwe.brandenburg.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:234.300,00
ERDF co-financing:175.725,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Berlin Airports
12521 Berlin | GERMANY
Flughafen Schönefeld
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Andreas Ley
Phone: 0049 (0)30 6091 1685
E-mail: andreas.ley@berlin-airport.de
Web: http://www.berlin-airport.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:84.000,00
ERDF co-financing:63.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Wismar University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design
23966 Wismar | GERMANY
Philipp-Müller-Str. 14
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Anatoli Beifert
Phone: 0049 (0)3841 753 634
E-mail: anatoli.beifert@hs-wismar.de
Web: http://www.hs-wismar.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:37.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH
18069 Rostock | GERMANY
Schweriner Str. 10/11
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Gert Proba
Phone: 0049 (0) 381-37719-1
E-mail: proba@rostock-business.de
Web: http://www.rostock-business.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:40.000,00
ERDF co-financing:30.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Aviasabiedriba Liepaja Ltd.
LV 3430 Grobina municipality | LATVIA
Lidostas 8
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Agris Sprude
Phone: 00371 63407596
E-mail: agris.sprude@liepaja-airport.lv
Web: http://www.liepaja-airport.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:170.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Bydgoszcz Airport
86-005 Białe Błota | POLAND
ul. Grodzka 12
Region: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
Contact person: Bartosz Labenda
Phone: 0048-52-365 46 67
E-mail: b.labenda@bzg.aero
Web: http://www.bzg.aero
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:208.000,00
ERDF co-financing:176.800,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Norrköping Airport AB
603 61 Norrköping | SWEDEN
Norrköping Airport
Region: Östra Mellansverige
Contact person: Mari Torstensson
Phone: 0046 11 153711
E-mail: mari.torstensson@norrkopingflygplats.se
Web: http://www.norrkopingairport.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Mid Nordic Committee
S- 871 85 Härnösand | SWEDEN
c/o County Council of Västernorrland
Region: Mellersta Norrland
Contact person: Jon Hillgren
Phone: 0046 73 274 44 93
E-mail: jon.hillgren@lvn.se
Web: http://www.mittnorden.net
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:4.700,00
ERDF co-financing:3.525,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Karlstad Municipality, City management Office
S-651 84 Karlstad | SWEDEN
Karlstad Kommun, Kommunledningskontoret
Region: Norra Mellansverige
Contact person: Ulf Nyqvist
Phone: 0046 54 540 1002
E-mail: ulf.nyqvist@karlstad.se
Web: http://www.karlstad.se; http://www.ksdarprt.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Council of North Karelia
80100 Joensuu | FINLAND
Siltakatu 2
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Risto Poutiainen
Phone: 00358 40 546 9649
E-mail: risto.poutiainen@pohjois-karjala.fi
Web: http://www.pohjois-karjala.fi/maakuntaliitto
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Savonlinna Business Services Ltd.
FI 57100 Savonlinna | FINLAND
Puistokatu 1
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Dr. Pellervo Kokkonen
Phone: 00358 44 758 5472
E-mail: pellervo.kokkonen@savonlinnaseutu.fi
Web: http://www.savonlinnanseudunyrityspalvelut.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Baltic Institute of Finland
33101 Tampere | FINLAND
Verkatehtaankatu 2 P.O. Box 487
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Esa Kokkonen
Phone: 00358 3 5656 6945
E-mail: esa.kokkonen@tampere.fi
Web: http://www.baltic.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:269.000,00
ERDF co-financing:201.750,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd
40100 Jyväskylä | FINLAND
Sepänkatu 4
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Ari Hiltunen
Phone: 00358 400 583 210
E-mail: ari.hiltunen@jykes.fi
Web: http://www.jykes.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Inari Municipal Business & Development Nordica
FI-99800 Ivalo | FINLAND
Sairaalantie 3b
Region: Pohjois-Suomi
Contact person: Eila Rimpiläinen (Ms)
Phone: 00358405620620
E-mail: eila.rimpilainen@inari.fi
Web: http://www.inlike.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:100.000,00
ERDF co-financing:75.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Oulu - Learning and Research Services LRS
FI-90014 Oulu | FINLAND
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1
Region: Pohjois-Suomi
Contact person: Gottfried Effe
Phone: 00358-8-553 7333
E-mail: gottfried.effe@oulu.fi
Web: http://www.kotu.oulu.fi; http://www.oulu.fi/yliopisto/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:37.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
60101 Seinäjoki | FINLAND
Kampusranta 9 C, Box 109
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Jaakko Hallila
Phone: 00358 403565630
E-mail: jaakko.hallila@etela-pohjanmaa.fi
Web: http://www.epliitto.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Central Denmark Tourism Foundation
8600 Silkeborg | DENMARK
Vejlsøvej 51
Region: Midtjylland
Contact person: Susi Jæger Korsholm
Phone: 0045 8921 2279
E-mail: sjk@midtjyskturisme.com
Web: http://www.midtjyskturisme.com
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Avinor A/S
NO-0191 Oslo | NORWAY
Dronning Eufemias gate 6, P.O. Box 150
Region: Oslo og Akershus
Contact person: Iver Holter-Andersen
Phone: 0047 815 30550
E-mail: iver.holter.andersen@avinor.no
Web: http://www.avinor.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:25.000,00
Nordland County Council
8048 Bodø | NORWAY
Fylkeshuset, Prinsensgt. 100
Region: Nord-Norge
Contact person: Steinar Sæterdal
Phone: 004775650870
E-mail: ss@nfk.no
Web: http://www.nfk.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:100.000,00
Tallinn Airport Ltd
11101 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Lennujaama tee 12
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Aet Härmaorg
Phone: 00372 6 05 89 38
E-mail: Aet.harmaorg@tll.aero
Web: http://www.tallinn-airport.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:68.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Poznan Airport
60-189 Poznan | POLAND
ul. Bukowska 285
Region: Wielkopolskie
Contact person: Tomasz Gladysz
Phone: 0048 61 8492942
E-mail: tgladysz@airport-poznan.com.pl
Web: http://www.airport-poznan.com.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:68.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00