Linked below are selected publications by Dr. John Kasarda addressing the basics of airport city and aerotropolis planning and development as well as articles on his work and that of Aerotropolis Business Concepts LLC. A more comprehensive set of publications can be found at

Airport World

Creating a Top Logistics Hub

Airport World, Issue 3, 2023

Distinguishing features of globally leading air logistics hubs are presented along with what makes them preferred locations for time-sensitive modern industries. The assessment concludes with 15 recommendations for airports and airport regions to become world-class air logistics complexes.

Site Selection

China’s Zhengzhou Aerotropolis Celebrates Its 10 Anniversary

March 2023
Site Selection

The rapid aviation and commercial growth of the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone between 2013 and 2023 are discussed, and why the Zone has been labeled China's Aerotropolis. Pivotal to this growth have been the important roles Zhengzhou International Airport and its surrounding economic area have played in producing and shipping high-value, time-critical industrial output abroad, especially smartphones, along with favorable industrial recruitment incentives and labor attraction policies.

Airport World

Aerotropolis 4.0

Airport World, Issue 2, 2022

A new aerotropolis model is presented that integrates 4.0 economy sectors with smart technologies and sustainable development practices to create and capture value for airports and the regions they serve. Commercial, institutional, and modern industrial components of the 4.0 Aerotropolis are provided in the form of a generic schematic as are its strategic success factors. A selection of airports and airport regions pursuing Aerotropolis 4.0 principles are discussed, as well.


The Making of an Aerotropolis: China’s Zhengzhou Airport

Winter 2021
Cargo Airports & Airline Services

The growth of the Zhengzhou Aerotropolis is highlighted through mid-2021. Focus is on infrastructure and commercial components of Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, the Comprehensive Bonded Zone, and the 415-square-kilometer Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone that makes up the aerotropolis.

Site Selection

An Expert’s View on Airport Development Post-Pandemic

March 2022

Interview of Dr. John Kasarda on how airport city and aerotropolis development is proceeding worldwide as the Covid pandemic turns down. Some new initiatives and new airport city/aerotropolis features are discussed as well.

Site Selection

Orlando International’s New Role Goes Way Beyond Tourism

March 2021

In this article, Mark Arend, editor of Site Selection magazine, interviews John D. Kasarda on the emergence of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida as a major new component of a greater aerotropolis forming around Orlando International Airport.

Incheon Aerotropolis

The Incheon Aerotropolis: An Exemplar of 21st-Century Airport Centric Development

February 2021
Aerotropolis Institute China Research Report Number 1

Centered on Incheon International Airport (ICN), South Korea's Incheon Aerotropolis is a global leader in aviation-linked commercial development and smart technology applications. This report details the evolution of ICN, its Air-City, and key outlying nodes such as Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD), drawing lessons for the planning and development of other airports, airport cities, and aerotropolises around the world.

Airport World 2020

Aerotropolis business magnets

2020, Issue 1
Airport World

How are the world’s airport city/aerotropolis developments faring? Some hugely ambitious projects in the Asia-Pacific region come under the microscope in the first of a two-part global review by Dr John Kasarda.

Airport World

Aerotropolis engines beyond Asia

2020, Issue 2
Airport World

Airport City and aerotropolis developments in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East are updated. Consideration is also given to the implications of the coronavirus for the future of aviation and what the combined 2020 health, economic, and aviation crises portends for airport city and aerotropolis development.

Site Selection

Thailand’s Dynamic Economic Corridor

May 2020
Site Selection

Thailand is investing nearly US$50 billion in its leading export-oriented economic region, the Eastern Economic Corridor. Resources are being targeted to develop Bangkok's third international airport, upgrade road, rail, and seaport infrastructure, and generate quality urban development including new cities and innovation districts following aerotropolis principles.

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"Major airports are today’s urban central stations, attracting and catalyzing commercial activity, employment, and supporting real estate development around and outward from them."

John D. Kasarda

"Hub airports function as gateways of high-value products and high-value people; everything and everybody from biomeds, smartphones, and sushi-grade tuna to corporate executives, investment bankers, and foreign tourists."

John D. Kasarda

"Mushrooming global e-commerce manifests the coalescing of the net age and the jet age. Since the web will not move a box, for every smartphone order placed in London, New York, or Sao Paulo, an aircraft flies it there, typically from China."

John D. Kasarda

"For many businesses and business people, time is not just cost; it is currency, as well."

John D. Kasarda

(supply chain concentration + advanced business services) X air connectivity = urban economic power

John D. Kasarda

"China and the Middle East have embraced the aerotropolis model to create new urban power centers that are challenging the likes of Frankfurt, London, New York, and Tokyo in capturing 21st century global business."

John D. Kasarda

"Where aviation thrives, the metropolitan region thrives."

John D. Kasarda

"One objective of my aerotropolis writings and commentary is to stimulate critical thought and healthy debate resulting in more-informed actions."

John D. Kasarda