SPARA 2020 is a three-year project that began in 2015 and is co-funded by the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme 2014–2020, designed to address some of the challenges facing peripheral and remote airports. The project aims to improve community- and regional resilience and connectivity, focusing specifically on the issues surrounding remote- and peripheral airports. The project intends to maximise revenues in challenging settings by offering guidance on how to control costs, increase self-sufficiency and strengthen resilience. It also looks to create a forum in which to raise shared standards and facilitate interaction between project stakeholders, service providers, suppliers, regulators and governmental transport policy planners. The project is based around several main areas: creating a Sustainable Peripheral Aviation Network (SPAN) to spread best practice; looking at innovative technologies to improve performance; seeking to maximise non-aeronautical activity in order to diversify income; exploring the use of sustainable energies in order to reduce the carbon footprint; identifying the socio-cultural role of airports; and establishing a refined methodology for estimating the economic impact of smaller airports.

Recent Submissions

  • Exploitation of off-peak airport spaces. 

    Grinnall, Andy (SPARA 2020, 2017-11-01)
    GRINNALL, A. 2017. Exploitation of off-peak airport spaces. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2.
    This worksheet examines the possible use of airport space which could be offered for various cultural, business, sporting and displays purposes.
  • Best practice worksheet for engagement using social media. 

    Grinnall, Andy (SPARA 2020, 2017-11-01)
    GRINNALL, A. 2017. Best practice worksheet for engagement using social media. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2.
    Workflow guidance of best practice methods for airports when communicating information through social media.
  • Airport stakeholder engagement strategy template. 

    Grinnall, Andy (SPARA 2020, 2017-11-01)
    GRINNALL, A. 2017. Airport stakeholder engagement strategy template. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2.
    This model shows goals and methods of engagement at five engagement levels: Identify, Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate and Empower. For each method benefits and potential limitations are noted. These are to be used ...
  • Airport public engagement strategy template. 

    Grinnall, Andy (SPARA 2020, 2017-11-01)
    GRINNALL, A. 2017. Airport public engagement strategy template. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2.
    This model shows goals and methods of engagement at five engagement levels: Identify, Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate and Empower. For each method benefits and potential limitations are noted. These are to be used ...
  • The social and cultural role of small, remote airports in the Northern Periphery. 

    Bloice, Lyndsay; Baxter, Graeme; Gray, David (Aberdeen University, 2017-08-27)
    BLOICE, L., BAXTER, G. and GRAY, D. 2017. The social and cultural role of small, remote airports in the Northern Periphery. Presented at the Conversations from the north conference, 27-29 August 2017, Aberdeen, UK.
    This paper presented the key themes emerging from Work Package 7.1 of the project entitled Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports (SPARA) 2020. Work Package 7.1 consisted of qualitative research that explored the social and ...
  • Report on the social and cultural importance of remote and peripheral airports. 

    Bloice, Lyndsay; Baxter, Graeme; Gray, David (SPARA 2020 http://spara2020.eu, 2017-02-28)
    BLOICE, L., BAXTER, G. and GRAY, D. 2017. Report on the social and cultural importance of remote and peripheral airports. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.1.
    This report presents the results of qualitative research conducted as Activity 7.1 within Work Package 7 of the SPARA 2020 project. It specifically explores the social and cultural importance of remote and peripheral ...