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104 Ground Access to Major Airports by Public Transportation adjacent to the air terminal. Taxi rides cost up to $30, and travel time is about 10 minutes to the center of the city. Connections at the Airport. The Swiss Federal Railway airport station is located in a build- ing immediately adjacent to, but separate from, the airline passenger terminal. Walking distance is about 500 feet. Rail. The Swiss Federal Railway train departs every 15 minutes to the central station at Geneva-Cornavin. The train on the main east-west line to Lucerne, Bern, and Zurich leaves the airport station every hour. The airport's rail service can be characterized as part of the national system because the main national east-west line has its terminus at the airport rail station. At Geneva's central station, connections can be made to western France, including TGV service to Paris. Baggage-Handling Strategy. The Swiss Federal Railway offers the Fly-Rail Baggage service to and from the Geneva airport, which is discussed in Chapter 5 as part of the discussion of the larger Fly-Rail Baggage operation at Zurich Airport. The rail-based baggage system at Geneva airport carries one-quarter the number of bags handled in the larger, older Zurich system. Bus. Buses to the airport are provided by the local transit agency. The buses depart every 10 minutes to the downtown and every 30 minutes to the United Nations complex. New airport- specific services are being developed to such cities as Grenoble and Chambery, in France. Market Characteristics. The rail station at the Geneva airport serves a distinctly national market. It is estimated that about 25% of the travelers boarding the train at the airport station are destined for the city of Geneva. Nearly 18% of the travelers are going to Lausanne, and most of the rest have destinations around the French-speaking areas of western Switzerland (36). Brussels (26% Market Share) Market Share European/Asian Rank Airport Total Rail Bus 17 Brussels Airport 26% 16% 10% SOURCE: TCRP Report 62 (16 ) The Airport. Brussels Airport is located about 7 miles from the downtown and served more than 16 MAP in 2005, down from more than 21 million in 2000. About 16% of those airline passengers accessed the airport by rail. A taxi to the city from the airport costs more than $30 and takes the same amount of time as the rail service. Connections at the Airport. The rail station is at the far end of the original airport terminal and requires a walk of more than 1,000 feet for access to the farthest air terminal building. Rail. Brussels Airport is served by a spur of the main line of the national railway from the three downtown stations--North, Central, and Midi--every 15 minutes throughout the weekday and every 30 minutes on the weekends. Travel time is about 20 minutes to the nearest downtown terminal and 30 minutes to the farthest. Baggage-Handling Strategy. A downtown check-in station, which carried baggage by airline coach, has been discontinued. Ample baggage space is provided on the national railway train that serves the airport.