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Public Transportation Market Share by Airport 95 Rail. Service to Downtown. The trains from the airport to downtown Zurich leave approx- imately every 10 minutes, have a 10-minute travel time, and cost under $10. Integration with Regional Transportation System. The Zurich rail system can be charac- terized as being part of a national system, which operates as a shared system. More than 200 trains per day arrive at the airport; in general no trains are operated solely to serve the airport, and all trains are part of a longer route. The Zurich Airport rail station is near the eastern end of the major eastwest trunk railway, which offers service every hour to Geneva at the western tip of the country. The rail system attracts 42% of airline passengers, and recent statements from the airport operator suggest this share is rising. Baggage-Handling Strategy. Zurich Airport is served by the most comprehensive off-site baggage and passenger check-in system in the world, known as the Fly-Rail Baggage program. Baggage can be checked in at 50 rail stations throughout the country for most scheduled flights, with the exception of some flights to the United States. This service costs $15 per bag. Swiss Federal Railway will accept bags as late as 3 hours before flight time in the downtown Zurich train station and requires up to 16 hours at isolated Alpine stations. The concept of a third party (neither airline nor airport) providing through-baggage service was developed in Switzerland and is discussed more thoroughly in Chapter 5. Bus. Buses play a relatively minor role at Zurich Airport, given the coverage of the national rail network. Public transportation buses are operated primarily to serve employees. Some spe- cialty buses are run from remote locations, including early in the morning (e.g., 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.) when train schedules are poor. Buses attract about 5% of the market. Market Characteristics. The access system for Zurich Airport has been structured around the needs of airline passengers who use longer distance rail, and the mode shares attained for var- ious geographic market segments support this. Of those passengers coming from non-local mar- kets in Switzerland, more than 50% travel by rail. For example, the market share from the national capital, Bern, a city 75 miles from the airport, is about 60%. Conversely, from the imme- diate bedroom suburbs, only about 8% of airline passengers select the rail option to get to the air- port. Of all outbound travelers at the Zurich Airport rail station, about 40% are going to the Zurich metropolitan area, with 60% traveling longer distances. Vienna (41% Market Share) Market Share European/Asian Rank Airport Total Rail Bus 6 Vienna International Airport 41% 30% 11% SOURCE: "Vienna International AirportAirRail 2007" (48) The Airport. Vienna International Airport is located about 12 miles from Vienna and served nearly 17 MAP in 2006. The drive by automobile takes less than 25 minutes under uncongested roadway conditions. Connections at the Airport. The Vienna International Airport operates as one single struc- ture, in spite of the terminology of Terminals 1, 1a, and 2. From a common baggage pick-up area, an underground walkway leads directly to the rail station and also connects to the central park- ing facilities. The traveler can choose between one platform for the express, dedicated train and a second platform for shared commuter rail services. Newly redesigned luxury buses operate from the curb.