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Newcastle International Airport Modal Split Market Research Report Phase 5

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gareth Evans, Dr Neil Thorpe


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This report provides the results of the latest round of Modal Shift surveys conducted by members from the Transport Operations Research Group, Newcastle University, on behalf of Newcastle International Airport. The analysis reported here is based upon a sample of 1052 face-to-face interviews, conducted throughout the working hours of the Airport, during the period of Wednesday 13th – Tuesday 19th March 2013 plus a subsequent session on Thursday 11th April 2013, specifically for collecting additional responses from those employed at the Airport. The following headline findings have been identified: Sample of Respondents · There was a remarkably even split between the different age groups, seeing a reversal of the trends reported in previous surveys which found a continuation in the rise of those aged 60 and over using the Airport, combined with a fall in those aged 17-24 and 35-44. The number of international students returning home for the Easter vacation could explain some of this increase. · The gender gap has increased to nearly 20% in favour of males. · A substantially higher proportion of males boarded both domestic and international scheduled flights, whilst a slightly higher proportion of males boarded international chartered flights. Males also represented a higher proportion of people on business or for leisure at the Airport. · The only journey purpose for which there were a higher proportion of females was those who were employed at the Airport. Travel Behaviour · Unlike in previous surveys where car drop-off was the most popular mode for travelling to the Airport, figures for March 2013 indicate that taxi use and the Metro are now the preferred modal choice for scheduled flights (domestic and international). Only for international chartered flights do car drop-off and long-stay parking remain as dominant modes. · There is a high proportion of taxi use; 2013 was the second year in which over 20% of all respondents used an Airport or Private Taxi. · Car use is now at its lowest level of all March surveys, with just over half (53.8%) of journeys being made by a car-based mode. However, short-stay parking has seen a strong increase over March 2011 figures. · Travel by Public Transport/Sustainable modes has seen a second annual increase of 3.4%; at 19.5% this share represents the highest proportion of sustainable travel across all survey years. · The Metro continues to be the dominant Public Transport mode and has seen a further increase of 3.2% over the March 2011 figures. Journey Purpose · Almost 40% of those questioned were at the Airport to board an international scheduled flight, however only two-thirds of respondents surveyed were at the Airport to actually catch a flight. The proportion taking an international chartered flight was particularly low in March 2013. Journey Origins · There has been minimal change in the distribution of origin points of journeys to the Airport between March 2011 and March 2013. · The majority of respondents continue to come from the Newcastle (NE) postcode area, although this share is down on the previous survey in March 2011. · The Durham (DH) postcode has seen the highest increase (+1.2%) compared to March 2011 figures. · Remoter/outlying areas of Tyne and Wear continue to have little patronage to/from the Airport. · 3.2% of respondents travelled to the Airport from a Scottish postcode. Whilst this represents a higher proportion compared to March 2011, there is less diversity across Scottish postcodes, journeys only originating from southern Scotland (Dumfries (DG), Edinburgh (EH), Motherwell (ML) and Galashiels (TD) postcode areas.)

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Author(s): Thorpe N; Evans GD

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2013

Pages: 23

Print publication date: 01/03/2013

Source Publication Date: March 2013

Institution: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne