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



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.

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.


Found in Transit: The Rise of the Aerotropolis

December 20, 2016
Financial Review

Aviation has changed business, especially when it comes to time-critical goods. Now it is changing how we live, as cities evolve around aviation hubs.


Creating an Effective Aerotropolis Master Plan

September, 2016
Regional Economic Review

Aerotropolis master plans to date have consisted mainly of elaborations of proposed commercial land use and urban design renderings along with recommendations for improved airport region surface transportation infrastructure. Much less attention has been given to the strategic, economic, and real estate investment issues that determine whether proposed aerotropolis commercial development would actually occur.


Why You Should Want To Live Right Next To An Airport

April 11, 2016

We used to build airports far away from cities and residential areas. Now new cities and wealthy residential communities are forming around outlying airports.


Airport Cities: The Catalyst

April 27, 2016
Site Selection

How and why did the Atlanta Aerotropolis finally get traction? What political and planning barriers had to be overcome? Dr. John Kasarda and others are interviewed.


Asia Looks To Airport Cities For ‘Competitive Success’

April 29, 2016

China and other Asian nations have enthusiastically embraced the Aerotropolis model. What benefits do they see in doing so?


China’s Dynamic Airport Economic Zone

November, 2015

A massive planned economic zone around Zhengzhou (China) International Airport is evolving geared to high-end manufacturing and modern business services. This zone is already the world's single largest platform for smartphone production. Factors contributing to its emergence and growth are described.

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

Time Magazine, 2011

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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