Electric aviation time benefits between urban and rural areas

The map shows all routes between urban and rural areas where electric aviation has significant time benefits compared to other traffic modes.

Yellow lines are already served by aviation, while blue color indicates non-existent routes where electric flight would reduce the travel time between destinations.

Our motivation for focusing on urban-rural routes was based on the assumption that electric aviation can increase the access for rural areas to public facilities and job opportunities, as well as the possibility of connecting remote areas with national and international transport systems.

The result, though, can only be understood in terms of travel time benefits between the areas, and thus reveals little about accessibility to mentioned opportunities. The following are examples of themes to be investigated further within the main project.

Identify regional hubs

Among others, the project FAIR (2022) has addressed the need to update the flight system to a more flexible aviation network, that meet travelers’ needs with smart mobility. This can be done by identifying demands and establishing regional hubs for electric aviation, which can serve remote and regional areas. The potential of Hamar and Bodö in Norway as regional hubs should be studied more closely.