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

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.



Entry to the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

Definitions, key components, and underlying drivers of the aerotropolis and aerotropolis model are presented along with planning principles, critiques, and counterpoints.

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The Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone: A Remarkable Aerotropolis

July 2019
Site Selection

This article provides updates as of early 2019 on the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone in Zhengzhou, China. The updates focus on investment and industrial development in the Zone that have added to its reputation as China's Aerotropolis.


Global Gateways, Local Hubs

Singapore's Skyline magazine

Singapore's urban planning agency interviews John Kasarda on the aerotropolis concept and how it is being applied by Singapore Changi Airport and its surrounding region.

Airport International Review

China’s Aerotropolis

August 2018
International Airport Review

The aerotropolis model is being widely adopted throughout China with more than 100 of its airports and their surrounding areas applying its principles. Leading the way is the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone whose remarkable achievements since 2013 in industrial investment, economic output, and aviation-linked trade have earned the reputation as China's Aerotropolis.


The city that can be born with the New Airport

May 14, 2018

The airport as the heart of a city. That is the proposal of John D. Kasarda, one of the most prestigious voices in the design of international air terminals, to take infrastructure projects to the next level: highly competitive economic zones that trigger unprecedented urban and commercial development.


UNC’s John Kasarda Helps Inspire “Airport City” in Norway

March 15, 2018
WRAL TechWire

Norway’s Oslo Airport soon won’t be just an airport; it will be a city, too. And some of the inspiration for the concept can be traced to North Carolina.

"One of the ten ideas that will change the world"

Time Magazine, 2011

Aerotropolis The Way We'll Live Next

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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