ADRIAIR partners held the Final Cross-border conference on 1st of July, 2015 at Sala del Consiglio in Forli. Project partners and interested stakeholders from the region were present at the conference.
The goal of the conference was to present the main achievements, outputs and results of the ADRIAIR project during its implementation period.
Rijeka Airport held a presentation of ADRIAIR project and Air-Taxi Action Plan to representatives of Ministry of Maritime affairs, transport and infrastructure on 30.06.2015.
During presentation of the Action Plan, special attention was paid to the relations of supply and demand on the air-taxi market on the coasts of the Adriatic. The gathered stakeholders expressed their interest for the theme with their questions, and they were mostly interested in the potential of air-taxi market in the Adriatic, the ways to increase it by reducing the negative effects of taxes on luxury, red tape and operational problems connected with air taxi aircraft dislocation from one airport to another, after the air taxi service is done.
On May 25th 2015, the Province of Ravenna held the public presentation of the Action Plan for setting up a cross-border air-taxi service in IPA area. The Plan expands the outcomes of the preliminary study, elaborated by the University of Bologna, on the market potential of the service in order to target ideals clients and service levels and outline an assessment of the potential demand in the examined field. Several local stakeholders attended the event: Chamber of Commerce of Ravenna, representatives of business associations and local airport and journalists.
Rijeka Airport held the ICAO Aviation Security 123 Basic Mode which included training and testing in accordance with ICAO Annex 17 which conforms with our security checkpoint for wehicles, hand held explosive device tracer and airport movement security. The training was held on 27.03.2015 for 8 participants.
Pula Airport and Rijeka Airport have jointly organized marketing trainings for their employees on 23.02-27.02.2015. The trainings were held at Pula Airport and were held by a team of professors from Juraj Dobrila Pula University.
The ADRIAIR Partnership held its 6th Cross-border meeting at the Park Plaza Belvedere hotel in Medulin on 25th of February, 2015.
The purpose of the meeting was to make an overview of the activities remaining to be implemented by the end of the project and to prepare for the Final Conference, to be held in Forli during June. All the partners presented the status of their pilot action and plans for expenditures in the following period. Significant attention has been given to preparation of ADRIAIR II project, which will continue and extend the cooperation and partnership of the involved regional Airports.
Airport of Dubrovnik held a presentation of the new cargo X-Ray scanner that has established an independent flow of cargo and mail between the public and protected area of the airport. The scanner is Airport of Dubrovnik’s Pilot Action of the ADRIAIR project. Furthermore, Airport of Dubrovnik held a public presentation of the Action Plan for establishing an air-taxi service in IPA Adriatic area.
Dubrovnik Airport held the security training fori t employees on 22.10.2014. The training was held by Željko Pivalica and Goran Pulig on the topic: “Special training for staff implementing security control of cargo and mail”. The training covered:
(a) Knowledge of previous acts of unlawful interference with civil aviation, terrorist acts and current threats;
(b) Awareness of the relevant legal requirements;
(c) Knowledge of the objectives and organization of aviation security, including the obligations and responsibilities of persons implementing security controls in the supply chain;
(d) Knowledge of procedures for challenging persons and of circumstances in which persons should be challenged or reported;
(e) Knowledge of reporting procedures;
(f) Ability to identify prohibited articles;
(g) Ability to respond appropriately to the detection of prohibited articles;
(h) Knowledge of how prohibited articles may be concealed;
(i) Knowledge of protection requirements for cargo and mail; and
(j) Knowledge of transportation requirements, if applicable.
This training was held for 23 participants from Dubrovnik Airport.
The 5th ADRIAIR Cross-border meeting in Rijeka
The ADRIAIR partnership held its 5th Cross-border meeting at the Grand Hotel Bonavia in Rijeka on 11-12th of November.
The meeting agenda covered administrative and financial issues, state and forecasts of expenditures, status of implemented activities in all WPs, presentations of implemented pilot actions regarding improvement of security and accessibility at the Airports. The partners agreed that the project implementation is progressing accordingly, most of the activities are following the timeframe and delays from the previous periods are being compensated.
The partnership decided to hold an additional meeting in Pula on 25th of February, in order to review all implemented actives before the Final conference in Forli at the end of the project.
Furthermore, the ADRIAIR Partnership already began plans for preparation of a successor project, under the Adriatic-Ionian Programme, which will continue the cooperation of the partners and widen the current Partnership with new regional Airports. This matter will be further discussed at the next meeting in Pula.
EU PROJECT ADRIAIR - MAIN FINDINGS OF THE ACTION PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AIR-TAXI SERVICE BETWEEN THE TWO BORDERS OF THE ADRIATIC SEA
On July 16th, 2014, at 9.30 a.m., in the framework of the EU project «ADRIAIR – Airport Security and Air Taxi Network in the Adriatic», the Province presented the main findings of the market research assessing the potential of an air-taxi service, both for passengers and goods, between the two borders of the Adriatic Sea. The research was conducted by the University of Bologna, project partner, in collaboration with the other partners involved: first in line, the Province of Forlì-Cesena, then the Province of Ravenna, the Tirana Chamber of Commerce, the Bosnian development agency LIR, and the airports of Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Pula.
ADRIAIR aims at finding alternative travelling solutions, filling a gap in the current air system which forces passengers to make an intermediate stop in Central European airports in order to fly to cities across the border.
The Action Plan of the project was presented during the meeting. The plan expands the outcomes of the preliminary study on the market potential of an air-taxi service between the Adriatic countries, in order to target ideal clients and service levels and outline an assessment of the potential demand in the examined field.
The results of the analysis show both potential for development and critical issues. In fact, there is an interesting flow of passengers interested in using this service, mainly businessmen requiring a better and quicker way of transportation between the two borders of the Adriatic Sea. At the same time, they also need to be reassured on the safety of the air-taxi service compared to airline flights. Another major concern is the current cost of the service, partly due to the tax rates differing in the partner countries.
Notwithstanding these critical issues, the Action Plan lays the foundation for further advancements to the project, considering both the availability of the infrastructures, the local entrepreneurial network and the harmonization of airport taxation, in order to cut down the costs for a better sustainability.
Airports of the Republic of Srpska, in cooperation with BH Airlines, will launch a charter line Banja Luka - Tivat - Banja Luka as of Sunday.
"We are opening the door to Montenegro to our citizens by establishing this route", said the director of the Airports of the Republic of Srpska, Miroslav Janjić.
The management of the Banja Luka Airport claims to be technically and operationally ready for the announced route.
The return ticket for adults is 130 Euro, 120 Euro for children, while the one-way ticket costs 90 Euro.
Janjić said that the line would be operational until end August, but that it might be extended if necessary.
Assistant Director of the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, Danica Ćeranić, said in a statement to reporters in Banja Luka, at the presentation of the tourist offer of the country, that the prices on the Bar Riviera range from six euros per person per day to up to seven euros on the Ulcinj Riviera, and ten euros in Budva and Herceg Novi, while apartment prices range from 30 to 60 euros.
Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Srpska, Nedeljko Čubrilović, and director of PE "Airports of the Republic of Srpska", Miroslav Janjić, held talks in Banja Luka with the delegation of financial institutions in Sri Lanka who expressed interest in providing funds for expansion of the International Airport of Banja Luka and its equipping for freight traffic.delegation was led by Sujith Amarasekeara, director of "Netway Marketing (International) Limited" and Bandula Weer Wardana, whose company operates in the UK, in accordance with the regulations of the European Union, represented by Sheikh Sultan Al Qassimi from Ras Al Khaima from the United Arab Emirates. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Arab Emirates Aleksandar Dragičević.
At the meeting they agreed that the company "Airports of the Republic of Srpska" should revise the plan for the development of the Banja Luka Airport and prepare the project, after which they would start negotiating the terms and approval of funds, for which it will be necessary to obtain an approval from the Government of the Republic of Srpska.
Minister Čubrilović said that the International Airport of Banja Luka has very favorable conditions for the development of passenger and freight air traffic in particular, because it is next to the highway in the immediate vicinity of the border with the European Union.
Minister Čubrilović welcomed the intention of the interested financial institutions to invest in the Republic of Srpska and said that the Ministry of Transport and Communications would provide all information necessary for the implementation of projects in the field of transport infrastructure, announced the ministry.
The Press Conference on ADRIAIR project was opened by Mr. Nikolin Jaka, President of Tirana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who emphasized the importance of this project in exchanging experiences and being a flexible system with high standards among the Adriatic region. Mr. Jaka underlined the importance of the project in facilitating the communication and transports among the regional entrepreneurs, which would foster the collaboration in the Adriatic region.
According to Ms. Marina Flamigni, the representative of the Lead Partner Forli- Cesena, Italy, the project will set up a new flexible air connection in the Adriatic region based on air taxi and improve the security standards of the airports involved. This Press conference was held on November 20, 2013, in Tirana, Albania.
In this conference there participated Tirana Chamber of Commerce, the Lead partner representative and other partners in the project as well as local authorities, Medias and stakeholders.