Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ADES - Airports as Drivers of Economic Success in Peripheral Regions

    Thematic scope

    Transport and accessibility are key factors in terms of economic prosperity and long-term attractiveness. Especially due to globalisation, the importance of accessibility has been highlighted and for some regions the role of airports has become increasingly important.

    Peripheral territories often suffer from weak accessibility which potentially may lead to unequal growth and hinder a polycentric development in Europe.

    In order to ensure a balanced development, it is therefore important to guarantee a certain level of accessibility to more remote areas.

    The project aims at providing a better understanding of the opportunities and perspectives of regional airport investments in peripheral areas from a European and National perspective, as well as its contribution to regional economic development.
    The main aim is to provide inputs to policymakers on future options for infrastructure investment in peripheral regions in Europe.

    A place based approach is fundamental to effective implementation of the Strategy. Please read more about the main main areas of analysis and main results envisaged on the next page.


    Province of Savona, Italy (Lead Stakeholder)

    Region of Western Greece, Greece

    City of Jyvaskyla, Finland

    Lead Partner

    Department of Sciences for Architecture – University of Genoa, Italy

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    Budget: € 300.000

    Project’s lifetime: February 2011 – February 2013

    Delivery of Reports

    Interim Report: 27 June 2012

    Draft Final Report: 30 November 2012

    Final Report: 28 February 2013


    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

    More information

    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:

    Nuno MADEIRA, e-mail: 

    Name Type Size
    Final Report - Main Report ZIP 8.93 MB
    Final Report - Annexes ZIP 3.25 MB
    Final Report - Annex Maps Central Finland PDF 44.13 MB
    Final Report - Annex Maps Western Greece PDF 63.34 MB
    Final Report - Annex Maps Province of Savona PDF 38.71 MB
    Draft Final Report Executive Summary, Main Report and Scientific Report PDF 7.35 MB
    Draft Final Report - Annexes 1, 2, 4 1-Data and dataset provided to the ESPON Database. 2-Questionnaires and Interviews. 4-Dissemination and List of TPG Publications. PDF 4.20 MB
    Draft Final Report - Annex 3, Maps PDF 31.08 MB
    Interim Report PDF 2.38 MB
    Interim Report - Annexes PDF 4.48 MB
    Project Specifications PDF 77.80 KB
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