Salzburg Airport will organize the connection to holiday regions in Salzburg in a more environmentally friendly way. With this, Nun is also looking for a new research project. For the next three years, the state and airport will spend almost 600,000 euros on better feeder services.
Where do the vacationers want to go after landing? How do you get there in a more environmentally friendly way? A team of scientists should now clarify these and other questions, says project manager Thomas Prinz from the University of Salzburg: “We want to optimize and improve the consistency of travel chains, for example if someone wants to go from London to Zell am See. We look at the connections in detail and determine where we can strengthen the environmental network. “
More and better public transport to the Inner Mountains
Buses currently run between the airport and the city center. In the direction of the Innergebirg ski centers, vacationers are still dependent on rental cars, taxi buses or shuttle services from tour operators. Better connections with public transport are therefore the goal.
At the airport, they want to support this massively, says managing director Bettina Ganghofer: “We have to make flying as climate-efficient as possible. In a different way, the desire for mobility of the individual as a collective decides what is needed. I can’t do everything by night train or car, I can’t get to everything with every day flight. There is the right mode of transport for every distance and every need. And we want to use them in a nicer combination with each other. Driving is not the prince charming and air traffic is the devil, the mix makes it all. “
Supervisory board: “We optimize a lot”
The authorities do not want to be misled about a better CO2 balance, emphasizes supervisory board chairman Christian Stöckl (ÖVP): “If you want, you can criticize anything. But even small steps are steps. And we’re taking very important steps here. This is also not greenwashing, because we are optimizing a great deal at the airport and the feeder traffic. “
In addition, not only the holidaymakers should benefit from the airport’s own connection, the locals should also benefit, emphasizes Transport Provincial Councilor Stefan Schnöll (ÖVP): “We have the feeling that a tourist is traveling by car or a rental car. If we can reduce that and switch more to public transport, then the locals will also be helped. “
Results in three years
It is still unclear when there will actually be new connections to and from Salzburg Airport. The study is expected to be completed in three years.