ESPON | ADES; Airports as drivers of Economic Succes in Peripheral Regions


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ADES; Airports as drivers of Economic Succes in Peripheral Regions


Department of Sciences for Architecture (DSA) – University of Genoa, Italy:

Professor Maria Linda Falcidieno, Full Professor of Drawing and Survey, Director of DSA

Prof. Arch. Mosè Ricci, Full Professor of Urban Design

Dr. Arch. Federica Alcozer

Arch. Sara Favargiotti, Researcher

Arch. Romina Ghezzi

Arch. Beatrice Moretti

BAK Basel Economics, AG, Switzerland:

Prof. Dr. Urs Müller, Director and Chief Economist

Christoph Strueby, Research Associate

Larissa Müller, Research

Associate Knowledge and Innovation Intermediaries Consulting Ltd (KiNNO), Greece:

Yiannis Geragotellis, Managing Partner

Dr. Konstantinos Fouskas

Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, Finland:

Professor Hannu Tervo

Dr. Kirsi Mukkala, Research coordinator

Kari Itkonen, Researcher

Pekka Pyyny, Research assistant

With local stakeholders input by:

Arch. Antonio Schizzi, Provincia di Savona, Italy

Stathis Papachristopoulos, Vice Director for Regional Development Funds, Greece

Laura Ahonen, Project Manager, European Officer City of Jyväskylä, Finland

With further input by:

Tietoykkönen, Finland



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Are airports drivers of economic success in peripheral regions, as the title of this project suggests? Of course, the answer is neither a clear “yes” nor a blunt “no”. As often in a complex world, the answer is closer to “it depends”.

The main results indicate:

  • that accessibility in general is an important location factor;

  • that for some remote regions, airports with enough scheduled flights are crucial for economic development;

  • that in these cases the bottleneck usually is not lacking infrastructure but lacking scheduled flights to relevant destinations;

  • that the limiting factor (or bottleneck) for economic prosperity is often not accessibility but rather the availability of qualified manpower;

  • that it is better to use a larger airport in a neighbouring region than to develop an airport of its own (if accessible within some three hours);

  • that not all existing airports are needed – some of them can be closed and the territory used for something more efficient; - that the airports still needed and used can very often be improved (to make them more attractive);

  • that good policy can make a difference