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How hyperloop can help to make Schiphol airport a multi-modal hub

A joint study by Hardt Hyperloop and its partners predicts that the futuristic form of transport can substitute up to 12.5 million of the passengers that will travel through the airport by 2050.

 

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Study shows hyperloop could replace a share of Schiphol's short-haul flights. Image: Hardt Hyperloop
Study shows hyperloop could replace a share of Schiphol's short-haul flights. Image: Hardt Hyperloop

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will expand its involvement in hyperloop by continuing the partnership with the EIT InnoEnergy-supported company, Hardt Hyperloop, first announced in 2018.

 

A joint study by the Dutch hyperloop developer and its partners shows how hyperloop can play a major part in helping the airport become a sustainable multi-modal hub. The study shows how hyperloop can emerge as a new sustainable mode of high-speed travel and how it can replace a share of Schiphol’s short-haul flights in 2050.

 

Initial network

 

The study proposes an initial network that connects Schiphol with the main neighbouring airports of Germany, Belgium, France and the UK that currently have direct flight connections.

 

By developing the new form of travel, Hardt aims to create an on-demand, affordable transport system enabling people to travel huge distances in a short time, emission-free. It says people will be able “to live and work wherever they choose” and, consequently, expand their boundaries.

 

Hardt projects that by 2050, up to 73 million people will be flying between the major cities in this network. According to the study, hyperloop would be able to substitute up to 12.5 million of the passengers that will travel through Schiphol by 2050.

 

“The aviation industry has found itself in an unprecedented situation. The recovery will take years, but continuing to invest in innovation and sustainability has great significance,” said Hassan Charaf, head of innovation at Royal Schiphol Group.

 

“We feel it’s important to participate in any promising mobility-related developments to meet the demand for sustainable transport in the future. I am proud we’ve partnered with Hardt to review hyperloop opportunities for a multi-modal hub”

 

Substituting short-haul flights with hyperloop will free up capacity, which will be utilised to maintain Schiphol’s role as a leading European airport hub. Schiphol and Hardt aim to realise the potential developments outlined in the study by extending their collaboration as they proceed with and expand their research.

“This study shows that hyperloop is a valuable addition to the future transportation landscape. In particular it lays the foundation for hyperloop to become a successful mode of sustainable transport in the years ahead”

In addition, Hardt is in talks with other parties and authorities to ensure hyperloop will play a central role in a sustainable high-speed transport network in Europe.


“In the transition to a carbon neutral society it is crucial to not only improve existing modalities, but also to explore alternative, innovative mobility solutions,” said Stefan Marges, lead on the study, Hardt Hyperloop.

 

“This study shows that hyperloop is a valuable addition to the future transportation landscape. In particular it lays the foundation for hyperloop to become a successful mode of sustainable transport in the years ahead.

 

“Partnerships, co-development and public-private collaboration are essential elements to spark such a breakthrough technology. We highly appreciate Royal Schiphol Group’s progressiveness in exploring innovative solutions such as hyperloop in the pursuit of becoming the world’s most sustainable airport.”


In conducting this study, Hardt and Schiphol were supported by Royal BAM Group, UNStudio, CE Delft, Stibbe, AirportCreators & Dutch Boosting Group and SEO Amsterdam Economics (in an advisory role).

 

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