Edited By Gunnar Prause, Urve Venesaar and Wolfgang Kersten
Air Cargo Outlooks of Regional Airports in the Baltic Sea Region: the Cases of Tallinn and KatowiceTarvo Niine, Gunnar Prause, Ene Kolbre and Bartosz Dziugiel
49 Air Cargo Outlooks of Regional Airports in the Baltic Sea Region: the Cases of Tallinn and Katowice Tarvo Niine1, Gunnar Prause1, Ene Kolbre1and Bartosz Dziugiel2 Abstract The air cargo market is forecasted to recover from the recent global downturn. However, the air cargo market is dynamic and the average growth rate does not guarantee success for every region, let alone every airport. Furthermore, the Eurozone crisis and underlying social and political issues are raising the question how much EU economy can sustain its relevance in the global economy. This paper focuses on two airports in the Baltic Sea region: Tallinn and Katowice – with comparable volume, small catchment area and similar economic environment. In the frame- work of Interreg IV project Baltic.AirCargo.Net, stakeholders of selected airports were inter- viewed in 2011. The aim was to identify the local realities to find ways how to improve ser- vices for local customers as well as to benefit the airport itself and reach higher volumes, ca- pacity utilization and profitability. The presented analysis of local strengths and development issues offers an input for optimal management decisions and help for defining future outlooks. JEL classification codes: R40 Keywords: air cargo market outlooks, Baltic Sea Region, Tallinn airport, Katowice airport, belly cargo, RFS, airport strategies, air transport environment. 1. Introduction Air cargo has always been a special business – offering the fastest delivery times over medium and long distances, but especially across continents. To utilize the speed factor to the maximum extent, airline networks are continuously...
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