Sustainable Business Development Models for Regional Airports

TitleSustainable Business Development Models for Regional Airports
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBeifert, A, Prause, G, Gerlitz, L
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovations and strategies for logistics and supply chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-7805-9
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsBusiness Models, Regional Airports, Sustainability

As it was outlined in the EU Competition Policy Brief on the new state aid rules for a
competitive aviation industry issued by the EU Competition Directorate–General in
February 2014, the regulation for the financial public subsidies of any art on the EU
national or regional level for the regional airports will be considerably striker. The
strategic aims of these new regulations, among other things, are to motivate and encourage
the Member States (here: regional airports) to implement more efficient
market stimulation measures, make airports work on cost efficient and profit-able
basis and establish transition periods for regional airports. In practice it means that
public subsidies may be granted only to those regional airports that proved to have
a sustainable and realistic business model that shall clearly demonstrate the durable
financial stability. The authors took part in two air transportation initiatives in the
Baltic Sea regions (BSR) and were lead partner in the EU Project Baltic.AirCargo.Net,
which deployed a number of empirical measures in regional airports in the BSR. The
paper will present and discuss success factors of sustainable business development
models for the regional airports in the Baltic Sea Region based on cases studied during
the project lifetime.