Travel Behaviour Regarding Tourist Choice of Airport Access Mode and Intermodality in Thessaloniki

Travel Behaviour Regarding Tourist Choice of Airport Access Mode and Intermodality in Thessaloniki


M Vougioukas, P Papaioannou, P Karkavitsas, Thessaloniki Public Transport Authority, GR; A Deloukas, Attiko Metro, GR.


Travel behaviour research of tourists, regarding a new surface access mode to airport and Intermodality with existing (Bus) and future (Metro, LRT, BRT, Sea) passenger modes for both residents and tourists in Thessaloniki metropolitan area.


The paper will focus on travel behaviour research and potential user response of tourists, regarding a new surface access mode to the airport and in particularly a missing link between the soon to open Thessaloniki Metro and the Makedonia Airport, which is planned as an advanced, Quality Transit System in the Thessaloniki metropolitan urban area. This stated choice research is part of a CIVITAS CATALIST project co-funded by the European Union.

The overall concept of the proposed quality transit system investigation aims to contribute towards the development and implementation of sustainable mobility policies in Thessaloniki metropolitan area, for environmental improvements and enhanced quality of life, as well as for tourism accessibility. The research examines the travel behaviour and potential user response of tourists to new, alternative electrified public transport systems, such as Ultra Light Transit (demand responsive PRT), Monorail and Tramway/Light Rail Transit (LRT) as well as extension of the Metro, in order to connect the airport of Thessaloniki and the terminal Metro station currently under construction.

The behavioural research results are used in an extended cost-benefit analysis and multi-criteria sustainable development analysis, including benefits from further investments, regional GDP, multiplier effect, energy savings, environmental improvements, climate change challenges, employment creation, urban regeneration and seamless travel passenger intermodality, integration with existing and future modes (Conventional Bus, Bus Rapid Transit BRT, Seaborne transport, new Tramway).

To increase awareness amongst elected policy makers, representatives of the civil society and public transport passenger user groups, study tours in CIVITAS CATALIST partner cities and a conference event are also included in order to promote exchange of experiences and good practices, as well as dissemination of the project results to policy makers, officials and the general public.

The results will be an important input to the Thessaloniki Strategic Transport Plan development, implementation and monitoring, as well as form the basis for further studies into potential Metro extensions, a new Tramway through the city, potential flexible transport services and demand-responsive PRT, as well as improved feeder bus system and future express BRT options, including tourist mobility. The intermodal integration of Metro, Tram, Bus and potential Seaborne Transport services, also for visitors, is also expected to benefit from the research results. Future planned actions include integrated fares and smartcard-based e-ticketing investigation and promotion for quality of public transport services for both residents and tourists.


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