LINC 2019 Cooperation database

Country: Estonia
Type: Ongoing project
Topic: Local economy (non-agricultural)
Key-words: rural airports, logistic development
LAG: LAG Tartu County Development Association
Partners: Negotiations in progress with the following partnersAirports in Europe:Tartu, Estonia; Seinäjoki, Finland; Halmstad, Sweden; Maribor, Slovenia; Pisticci, Italy; Linz, Austria; Teruel, Seve Ballesteros-Santander, Badajoz, Spain; Lesvos, Greece; Romania; Moldova; Germany; Poland;Airports in China: Ningbo and others.
Contacts: Kristiina Tammet,, +372 53409873
Main idea: There will be a huge demand on airport services in the near future–both cargo and passenger services. According to the IATA (International Air Transport Association), passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037, which poses significant challenges for the aviation industry and training. The Asia-Pacific region will drive the biggest growth with more than half the total number of new passengers over the next 20 years coming from these markets. Europe’s aviation market is currently fully saturated when it comes to airline companies and airports. Major EU airports cannot receive more flights from growing areas like China and the rest of the Asia, simply because there are no open slots available. This means that there is a demand to develop airports in European rural areas and outside the major cities to enable enough services and flights for cargo and passengers. There is also rapidly increasing demand on developing aviation training possibilities and promoting business platforms and incubators in Europe and China for mutual collaboration.Main aims of the project1) To provide new impulses to secondary/rural/regional airports in Europe for development and investments;2) To build a European secondary airports network;3) To enhance cooperation between European airports and build cooperation with Chinese airports via the development of aviation, airport, cargo and logistics technology;4) EU-China training consortium establishment to enable training programmes for pilots, mechanics, logistics, etc.;5) To build business platforms for European SMEs in China;6) To develop cargo and passenger routes between the European airport network and with China;7) To develop rural tourism;8) To provide new impulses and develop ideas with and for involved partner-airports and adjacent businesses on green innovation and protection of our climate and natural resources.

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