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

  • 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 ...

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