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Urban areas across the world have grown by more than 100% since 1992. It is predicted that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the total world population will be living in cities. Transportation in cities is already stretched and transportation between key regional areas are served by carbon intensive or time intensive options. Sustainable transport inside and between urban areas has never been more important.

The low carbon way to travel from city centre to city centre

A fundamental shift in the way we travel is needed if we are to meet net zero emissions goals by 2050. New innovations like Airlander offer an alternative to traditional transport options. It looks a little different to what we are used to but offers a myriad of benefits. From 2025 Airlander could be transporting up to 90 passengers on short-haul journeys, connecting regions and emitting 90% less CO2. By 2030 Airlander will have an all-electric option, providing zero-emissions travel well before the global target of 2050.

To showcase the benefits Airlander will provide in regional mobility, we have created example routes in the UK and Europe. Of course, Airlander could operate in any country in the world, as it can take off and land on virtually any flat surface, including water. These routes simply provide an example – if you would like to discuss adding Airlander to your own services, we are happy to explore other routes.

Liverpool to Belfast

Liverpool to Belfast is a well-travelled route, connecting two key cities. The two existing options for this journey are aeroplane or ferry, resulting in either a long journey or a journey that emits large quantities of CO2.

Oslo to Stockholm

Oslo to Stockholm is a popular route between two Nordic countries. The typical options for this journey are by aeroplane, to drive or to take a combination of coach and train. These options either emit high levels of CO2 or are reliant on intensive infrastructure and transfers between modes.

A bit of background on the figures used

  • We calculate routes based on city centre to city centre, according to the Google Maps definition of city centre.
  • Times, costs and CO2 production between different modes of transportation is normalised to a per person level.
  • The CO2 production figures for the transport methods we use have come from the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
  • For each method of travel we have assumed a 70-75% occupancy rate and for travel by car we assumed two people sharing.

Liverpool to Belfast assumptions

  • All of the journey methods required more than one mode of transportation. For trains, coaches and ferries we assumed a 20 minute combined wait and boarding time at the start.
  • The aeroplane journey assumes an 85 minute check in/security/loading period at the airport.
  • The Airlander journey assumes a 40 minute check in/security/loading at the departure point and 10 minutes to board the dedicated coach at the Airlander landing site.

Oslo to Stockholm assumptions

  • For travel by car the data assumes two people sharing.
  • The car and coach/train journeys are direct centre to centre with no other modes of CO2 producing transport required. A 40 minute check in/wait is assumed at the start of the coach/train journey.
  • The aeroplane journey assumes a train connection between the city centre and airport at both ends of the journey along with a 20 mins wait for each train and 1¼hr for check in/security/loading period at the airport.
  • The Airlander journey assumes a coach between the city centre and the Airlander operating site at both ends of the journey with a 20 mins wait for the first coach, 40mins for check in/security/loading at the departure point and 10 minutes to board the dedicated coach at the Airlander landing site.

You can find out more about our aircraft and our pathway to zero-carbon on our Airlander 10 page.

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