Baltic Bird

About the project

BALTIC BIRD is an European Union INTERREG-project in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The programme is an effective financing tool for cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The project started in March 2012, and will end in June 2014. BALTIC BIRD's Lead Partner is the Ministry of Economics and European Affairs of the Region Brandenburg (Germany). 

Aims & Objectives

BALTIC BIRD strives to make the Baltic Sea region an attractive place to invest, work and live in. The project contributes to competitiveness and prosperity of the region. BALTIC BIRD's main objectives are improvement of air transport connections and airport interconnectivity as well as the opening of new air transport routes.

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Project partners

BALTIC BIRD has 21 project partners and 13 associated organisations from 8 different countries. They are are regional authorities, economic development agencies, airports and airlines around the Baltic Sea working together to find joint solutions to common problems.

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Results & Outputs

BALTIC BIRD's expected outputs are route-specific passenger potential analysis to approach airlines, new flight connections from partner airports to national or international airports, and innovative public transport system concepts serving the airports.

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Project background and possible link to EU strategy for Baltic Sea Region

When perusing spatial structure and geography of the peripheral Baltic Sea Region (BSR) with long distances and water barriers to cross, one can see that only high quality air transport can sustainably support the BSR to grow together, enhancing competitiveness and in increasing social and economic cohesion (link to VASAB).

BALTIC BIRD will outline the missing concepts explaining how to better link remote BSR by time sensitive internal and external air and intermodal transport. So BALTIC BIRD follows the EU Strategy for the BSR, and its goal to make the BSR an accessible, competitive and attractive place to live and work (link to Lisbon Strategy, too). By developing ecologically sustainable intermodal public transport connectivity concepts in the BSR, it also follows the Gothenburg Agenda. The project is part of priority 2 of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 and supports the integration of areas with low accessibility to the other areas of the BSR, and to and from the important economic centers in Europe. 

Without that support, there would still be unsatisfactory interregional air services, and underused potential of the existing good infrastructure of many regional airports contrasting with the already well developed and intense traffic between metropolitan areas.

Specific problem to be addressed

For many years peripheral Baltic Sea Regions (BSR) have been characterized by depopulation and weak socio-economic conditions. These trends are contrary to the polycentric approach intended by the EU, and they further deteriorate the socio-economic downtrend in remote BSR. Therefore it is decisive to establish competitive external and internal accessibility, and to rehabilitate territorial and socio-economic cohesion – namely to make peripheral regions a better place for its citizens and other people to invest, work and live. Currently, there exists a lack of transversal airborne connections in the Nordic peripheries (issue of common concern), which reduces the potential for interaction between peripheral regions, and increases the dependence on the capital regions. The only way to reduce the advancing depopulation in peripheral regions is to create more job opportunities and growing economic prosperity. This requires and can only be assured by highly efficient, effective and viable air transport connections. Although train and ferry connections exist, only airside quality accessibility is the key to change the current situation, and to bring employers, buying power, money and market demands to the remote regions.

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