On 16 May, Annika Paul, Senior Researcher at Bauhaus Luftfahrt and SESAR 2020 Modus Project Coordinator, presented the latest on integrating aviation into a multimodality transport system to MEPs at a workshop in the European Parliament in Brussels. Chaired by Karima Delli, Chair of the EP Transport and Tourism committee, the hybrid workshop aimed to explore the advantages of various transport modes and the benefits that would be gained with a more integrated system.

Funded within the framework of Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the SESAR 2020 Modus project is assessing the role of air transport within an integrated and intermodal transport system, looking at entire journey door-to-door. More specifically, it is seeking to identify (future) drivers for passenger demand for, and supply of, mobility, and how these impact passengers' modal choices. This enables the development of multiple scenarios of future mobility pathways, taking into account new regulatory frameworks and environmental standards, or new business models, and covering a time horizon of 2030 and beyond.

In her presentation, Ms Paul focused on what the future air-rail multimodal mobility might look like, describing the future landscape of air-rail multimodal travel with a range of scenarios and use cases , noting that each type of traveller has different needs, for example, based on their age and reason for travel (e.g. tourism or business). Door-to-door travel time, price and comfort must be taken into account because they are not equally important to each different type of traveller. Facilitating data sharing, tracking baggage, and the ability to use a single ticket will also improve multimodality, she noted. In her conclusion, Ms Paul noted that a comprehensive approach will help achieve climate goals and take account of remote areas and the diverse needs of travellers.

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This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 891166