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Virtual Airport Hub – a New Business Model to Reduce GHG Emissions in Continental Air Transport

Version 1 : Received: 31 March 2021 / Approved: 1 April 2021 / Online: 1 April 2021 (10:48:54 CEST)

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Paprocki, W. Virtual Airport Hub—A New Business Model to Reduce GHG Emissions in Continental Air Transport. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5076. Paprocki, W. Virtual Airport Hub—A New Business Model to Reduce GHG Emissions in Continental Air Transport. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5076.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2021, 13, 5076
DOI: 10.3390/su13095076

Abstract

The virtual airport hub business model is an innovative solution supported by digital technologies, the implementation of which in continental air transport may lead to a reduction in energy consumption and to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The prerequisites for the implementation of the described solution are: striving to implement the GHG emission reduction strategy laid out in the Paris Agreement (2015) and the European Green Deal (2019) as well as the EU digitalization strategy (2020). The use of predictive analitics to identify the mobility needs of population and operational capabilities of the sector, gives an opportunity to plan travel flows and to create an appropriate set of direct connections among regional airports every day. The results of the analysis of data from 2019 on the amount of energy consumption and GHG emissions indicate that in Europe, it would be possible to achieve reduce GHG emissions by 5% without reducing the number of passengers using air transport. The study was prepared after conducting literature studies, data analysis and using the method of formulating scenarios. The proposed solution has the features of an innovative business model, the implementation of which allows for obtaining more favorable effects using already available resources.

Subject Areas

mobility; sustainability of air transport; digital technologies; climate policy; new business model

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