Monday 28 June 2021

Modus at Agency Research Team (ART) workshop on passenger-centred mobility

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A workshop on passenger-centred mobility was held from 14 to 17 June, organised by EUROCONTROL’s Agency Research Team (ART), the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) Working Group on Mobility, the Institute for Sustainable Society and Innovation (ISSNOVA) and the Horizon 2020 Coordination and support Action for Mobility in Europe: Research and Assessment (CAMERA) team. The objective of the workshop was to bring organisations together to review progress toward the Flightpath 2050 mobility goals, with a specific focus on the passenger’s perspective.

The Modus (Modelling and assessing the role of air transport in an integrated, intermodal transport system) project was represented by Annika Paul of Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Coordinator of Modus, and by Andrew Cook of the University of Westminster and the Modus project.

The objectives of the Modus project are to analyse ways of optimising the performance of the overall European transport system by considering the entire door-to-door journey holistically and examining air transport with an integrated, intermodal approach.

Annika Paul and Andrew Cook presented the synergies between air transport and other transport modes and the status of mobility research capturing multimodal performance in Europe. They shared some Modus research results on:

  • passenger needs and expectations:
    • Drivers of multimodal passenger demand
    • Selected passenger demand drivers: social, economic, political, technological, environmental, mobility
  • expert assessment of future mobility solutions
  • impact on the future transport system

The insights presented by Annika Paul were the result of literature research, surveys and workshops organised at the beginning of 2021 with the participation of air and rail experts.

Andrew Cook outlined choices and trade-offs with regard to key performance indicators currently being developed within the project:

  • Indicator qualities and challenges: what the indicators should do and difficulties encountered
  • Current frameworks comparing air and rail in an intermodal context
  • Capturing multimodal performance in transformation and resilience
  • The Modus modelling context, proposing scenarios and use cases
The Modus project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme on the topic SESAR-ER4-10-2019 ATM Role in Intermodal Transport under grant agreement No 891166. It started in June 2020 and will run until November 2022.

To find out more about the Modus project or to contact the project group, please use one of the following channels:

For further information, please contact Vanessa Perez at

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