What is it about?

Air and rail travel differ greatly in the time passengers spend at the station and airport. These times are currently only incompletely included in the travel time calculation. The study examined real trips in order to determine real time values for the stay times. With these, travel information systems could provide fair travel time comparisons.

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Why is it important?

Today's travel comparison tools do not make a fair comparison of train and air travel times. This distorts competition to the disadvantage of the railways.


The research found that travellers spent an average of 157 minutes at airports and 32 minutes at railway stations. Comparing these results to travel planning application, the information shows that the applications significantly underestimate time spent at airports and slightly underestimate time spent at railway stations.The use of unrealistic airport waiting times in travel planning applications distorts traveller perception in favour of air travel.

Thomas Sauter-Servaes
Zurich University of Applied Sciences

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This page is a summary of: A Level Playing Field for Comparing Air and Rail Travel Times, The Open Transportation Journal, May 2019, Bentham Science Publishers,
DOI: 10.2174/1874447801913010048.
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