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Investigation of employee related airport ground access strategies from a post-COVID perspective

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posted on 03.08.2022, 14:23 authored by Oguzhan Yilmaz, Matthew FrostMatthew Frost, Andrew TimmisAndrew Timmis, Stephen Ison
Until recently, addressing the environmental externalities associated with the use of the private car and single occupancy vehicles has been the focus of the airport ground access policies worldwide. However, with the emerging unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have already changed the way we live, work, and travel, encouraging a change in commuter behavior has become even more important. This has necessitated that existing strategies be reconsidered in favor of adapting to a highly uncertain “COVID-19 world.” Historically, there has been a dearth of literature relating to airport employees’ ground access even though as a group employees represent an important segment of airport users with complex access requirements. This paper therefore focuses on airport employee related airport ground access strategies considering an emerging understanding of the future impacts of COVID-19 on global air travel. Pre-COVID strategies are investigated by conducting a documentary analysis of the most recent ground access strategies of 27 UK airports. The findings reveal that airport ground access strategies were mainly focused on setting targets and producing policy measures in favor of reducing car use and increasing the use of more sustainable transport modes including public transport, car sharing, and active travel (walking, cycling). However, measures encouraging public transport and car sharing will be more difficult to implement because of social distancing and fear of proximity to others. Instead, initiatives encouraging remote working, active travel, and improved staff awareness will be at the forefront of the future ground access strategy development.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Transportation Research Record

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© National Academy of Sciences: Transportation Research Board

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

17/04/2021

Publication date

2021-08-06

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0361-1981

eISSN

2169-4052

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Andrew Timmis. Deposit date: 6 August 2021