Bringing us together: the sky’s the limit
From Kiev to Bremen, Seoul to Zagreb, Melbourne to San Francisco… every day airlines launch new international routes to serve our increasingly connected world. However, there is a risk of declining air connectivity within our own countries. Low population densities and geographic remoteness can reduce the attractiveness and profitability for airlines seeking to provide regional air connections.
Well-designed domestic air policies can help. Various forms of incentives for airlines and airports can stimulate the connectivity needed to drive local economies and foster social cohesion within a country. Many countries with disparate regional challenges have reaped the benefits of good policy making in this area.
The ITF convened experts from around the world on 10-11 September to shed light on best practise in designing route-based and airport-based support measures. The expert workshop on “Government Support Measures for Domestic Air Connectivity” examined case studies from Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden and USA, all of which are ITF member countries. Results from the workshop, which was launched with a welcome address from ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim, will inform the UK Government’s future aviation strategy and provided a basis for the ITF report on the topic, now available.
The research will feed into the 2019 Summit session on "Ensuring regional air connectivity" on 22 May in Leipzig, Germany.