A DUTCH TRANSPORT ministry report says that airships could be used as an alternative to coaches in the long-distance holiday market. Researchers at the local Delft University have come to the same conclusion.

Both see the airship as one way to solve traffic jams on European motorways, where it could be an alternative to long-distance coach services which carry holiday makers as far as the Mediterranean.

A poll among Dutch coach-users indicates that there is an interest in travelling by airships instead of by bus.

The researchers believe that there is a future for an airship which can carry up to 400 passengers at a speed of 70kt (130km/h).

Source: Flight International