The project "TerminalOnRail" examines the feasibility of a feeder system for airports based on an already existing railway infrastructure.
Existing Airport Transfer Systems lack in attraction
Due to ecological and economic reasons, there are numerous cooperations between airlines and railways, trying to replace short –distance feeder planes and flights with trains. These cooperations however, do not take full advantage of their potential, as they do not seem attractive to costumers.
80% of passengers do not choose to arrive by train because they do not have the possibility to check in their luggage. They prefer travelling to the airport by car or inland feeder flights due to the lack of service concerning luggage. For 75% of air passengers the possibility oto check in their luggage at the airport transfer train is a considerable factor regarding their travelling choice. A corresponding luggage deposit system would therefore highly influence the modal split behavior of travelers and further promote customer acceptance of trains as shuttle services.
Check in your luggage – on the train to the airport
The “TerminalOnRail” project aims at designing and developing an overall airport transfer system including long distance railroad traffic. Technical and logistical challenges regarding a potential check in of luggage on the train to the airport will be taken into account and a suitable interface with the airport will be suggested. This opens up the possibility of shifting also other tasks, usually performed by the airlines, towards the railway federations.
More attractive railway based transfer systems
“TerminalOnRail” aims at an overall concept for a train transfer system based on an already existing railway infrastructure, especially taking into account time efficiency for the traveler as much as for the airlines. The project offers a creative solution to several problems that from today’s point of view cannot yet be overcome with state of the art infrastructure and technologies. Therefore the project will demonstrate alternative measures and open the discussion on further possibilities of research and development.
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Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research
Deputy Academic Director Rail Technology and Mobility (BA)
Department of Rail Technology and Mobility
Member of the UAS Board from 2020 to 2023
- Vienna International Airport
- Austrian Airlines AG
- Austrian Federal Railways
- Siemens AG Austria
- University of Applied Sciences, JOANNEUM Graz
- TU Wien, Institute of Transportation
- University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria