Publications

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 www.aerotropolis.com.


India’s Aerotropolis Ambitions

Summer 2008
Appears in Business Outlook India

India is forecasted to have double-digit annual growth in air passengers and cargo for years to come. The Ministry of Civil Aviation therefore plans to have up to 500 commercial airports in use by 2020. Many will be in smaller cities where airport operators envision incorporating aerotropolis principles, which will be challenging.

The Impact of the Air Cargo Industry on the Global Economy

September 13, 2006
The International Air Cargo Association Forum

The global air cargo industry represents almost 100 billion revenue ton-miles of transportation, an estimated $52 billion in direct revenue in 2005 and substantially more revenues in related trucking and logistics services. In this paper, we combine data from many sources with new analysis of systematic data to characterize the nature of the air cargo industry and examine its impact on the global economy.

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Rise of the Aerotropolis

July/August 2006
Appears in Fast Company

As competition shrinks the globe, the world is building giant airport-cities. They look monstrous to American eyes — and that could be a problem.

Golden Land or Urbanized Swamp: Nakhon Suvarnabhumi concept deserves serious consideration

December 7, 2005
Appears in Bangkok Post

It has taken nearly half a century to transform a place once called Nong Ngu Hao (Cobra Swamp) into a leading international airport named Suvarnabhumi, or Golden Land. Now, Thailand has a one-time chance to coordinate development around its new airport to create a truly "Golden Land" that can boost the nation's well-being for the next half century. At stake is no less than Thailand's potential for higher economic standing and more sustainable development around the airport.

From Airport City to Aerotropolis

August/September 2001

An increasingly fast-paced, economically-networked world is changing the rules of industrial competition and business location.

Logistics & the Rise of the Aerotropolis

Winter, 2000/2001
Appears in Real Estate Issue

More than a decade ago, futurist Alvin Toffler predicted that by the beginning of the 21st century one indisputable law would determine competitive success: survival of the fastest.

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Aerotropolis: Airport-Driven Urban Development

November, 2000
Appears in ULI on the Future: Cities in the 21st Century

A new airport-driven urban economic form is evolving - the Aerotropolis. It is being ushered in by large jet aircraft and telecommunications advances accelerating global integration, time-based competition, and corresponding needs for speed, agility, and connectivity in the movement of people and products around the world.

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Planning the Aerotropolis

October/November, 2000

Airport planners are not just planning airports. The economic impact of airports means that they often help to form and shape cities. Henry Canaday talks to John Kasarda, director of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Time-Based Competition & Industrial Location in the Fast Century

Winter, 1999
Appears in Real Estate Issues

What opportunities and challenges await the 21st century industry? The picture is becoming clearer by the day. Commercial borders will effectively supplant national borders. Global sourcing will predominate as advanced telecommunications and transportation technologies allow a wide geographic dispersion of component manufacturing sites and places of final assembly, predicated on raw material availability, labor costs and skills, and markets.

Innovative Infrastructure for Agile Manufacturers

Winter, 1998
Appears in Sloan Management Review

Increased global competition means that industry and government must work together to ensure that manufacturers have support networks of transportation, telecommunications, services, and knowledge centers.

"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