About Aerotropolis Business Concepts

Aerotropolis Business Concepts, LLC is headquartered in San Diego, California (USA). The President and CEO is John D. Kasarda. Dr. Kasarda is considered the leading developer of the Aerotropolis concept defining the roles of aviation and airports in shaping 21st century business location, economic development and urban growth. He has conducted more than 25 airport city and aerotropolis studies for such organizations as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), and the World Bank, as well as for airports and governments around the world including those in Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Dubai, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.

We specialize in:

  • Airport City and Aerotropolis Strategic Planning
  • Airport Development
  • Airport-Linked Commercial Planning
  • Air Logistics Infrastructure and Facilities
  • Air Cargo and Route Development
  • Aerotropolis Business Plans
  • Public-Private Partnerships

About Dr. John Kasarda

John D. Kasarda, President and CEO of Aerotropolis Business Concepts, is the leading developer of the Aerotropolis model defining the roles of aviation and airports in shaping 21st century business location, economic development, and urban growth. He is the Director of the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as the President of the Aerotropolis Institute China and as editor-in-chief of Logistics, an international scholarly journal. Dr. Kasarda has published more than 100 articles and eleven books on aviation infrastructure, logistics, urban development, and business competitiveness. His book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (co-authored with Greg Lindsay), was featured in Time Magazine in 2011 as one of the “10 Ideas that will change the world”. In 2013, Future Cities magazine named Kasarda among “The Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide.” That same year he was awarded the honorary medal of Brazil’s State of Minas Gerais for his contributions to the Belo Horizonte Aerotropolis. In 2016, Dr. Kasarda was awarded the Yellow River Prize for his contributions to the economic development of China’s Henan Province.

Dr. Kasarda has offered numerous workshops on airport city and aerotropolis development, logistics infrastructure, and global supply-chain management to airports, governments and multinational firms. He chairs the annual Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition, and is an advisor to airports around the globe. Dr. Kasarda obtained his B.S. and M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Receiving many grants and awards from such organizations as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the World Bank, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his applied research on airport-driven economic development and is a former Fellow and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is currently recognized as a key leader.

Dr. John Kasarda



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John Kasarda receiving award for aerotropolis work in Brazil.


John Kasarda and Party Secretary Zhang Yanming discuss Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone


John Kasarda receiving the Yellow River Prize in 2016 for his contributions to the economic development of Henan Province.