network for improvements of air transport
in the southern baltic sea region

SOUTH BALTIC GLOBAL ACCESS is an INTERREG Project, part financed by the European Union (European Regional Developing Fund) within the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.

Focussing on the spatial and geographical structure of the South Baltic Region, air transport becomes increasingly crucial to surmount long distances and barriers respectively crossing waters, to improve time sensitive internal and external transport links.

Joint improvements of air transport networks are essential to outweigh partial remoteness and increase regional competitiveness for better realisation of the social and economic cohesion within the EU.

Increasing relevance of regional airports for regional development

Studies on regional economics underline the relevancy of regional airports for the regional development and territorial cohesion. Notwithstanding economic contributions and passenger volumes regional airports are not able to cover their operational costs and increasingly are facing new, economic, and operational challenges. Due to the limited access to hub airports, lack of regional accessibility, constraints for inbound tourism potentials, stagnation of air traffic volumes, lack of new flight connections as well as cost- and public pressure on regional airports, innovative, strategies and solutions need to be developed.

Activities and expected results of the SOUTH BALTIC GLOBAL ACCESS project

Considering the principles of cross-border co-operation and partnership, under the platform of SOUTH BALTIC GLOBAL ACCESS regional authorities, economic development agencies, regional airports from Bornholm, Klaipeda, Palanga, Rostock, Szczecin and Växjö exchange and jointly design feasible response strategies to safeguard and develop sustainable and competitive levels of accessibility by air. Anticipating proposed project methodology SOUTH BALTIC GLOBAL ACCESS foresees following activities to overcome proactively accessibility challenges in the South Baltic Programme Area:

  • Study groups and joint assessment of South Baltic specific route potentials, hub access and tourism potentials
  • Best practices exchange and common development of strategies for the application of Public Service Obligations (PSO)
  • Cross-border working groups on South Baltic destination marketing and airline acquisition strategies, joint lobby initiatives.


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Final General Assembly

27 – 28 March 2014, Rostock

Lead Beneficiary

Rostock Business and
Technology Development GmbH

Schweriner Str. 10/11
18069 Rostock – Germany

Phone + 49 (0) 381 37719-0