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.


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Airport Cities

April, 2009
Urban Land

Even in today's rocky economic times, airports and their immediate environs are becoming 21st-century commercial anchors, taking on many features of destination retail and urban centers.

Indian Economic Superpower

India’s Aviation Sector:Dynamic Transformation

2009
Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future?

This book chapter examines the rise of India's modern civil aviation sector and the opportunities and challenges its airlines and airports have faced. A number of specific cases are provided.

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Shopping In the Airport City and Aerotropolis

November 2008
Appears in Research Review

Airports in the 21st century are experiencing a new and distinct evolutionary stage—the "airport city." What started out in the early 1990s—a handful of European and U.S. air gateways substantially notching up their duty-free and traditional terminal retail and eateries—has become a world-wide phenomenon of airport commercial expansion and diversification. In the process, gateway airports have assumed roles few before anticipated.

Air Routes as Economic Development Levers

October 2008
Appears in Routes News

Air routes operate as a physical Internet connecting supply chains, business people, and tourists quickly and efficiently across far-flung locations. The upshot is that route development, business development, and regional economic development go hand-in-hand around the globe.

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.

"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