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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.


Outlook Business

India’s Aerotropolis Ambitions

Summer 2008
Appears in Outlook Business

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.

Air Transport Management

The appropriate scale of US airport retail activities

November 2006

Terminal-based retail has been sufficiently successful that many airport operators are considering enlarging their facilities in order to increase revenues. On the basis of data on the retail sales and rental revenues for 75 of the US’s most important passenger airports, we demonstrate the significant impact of passenger demography on the volume and nature of airport retail sales. A method is outlined for combining information on the demography of passenger flows with construction costs in order to evaluate appropriate capital investments for terminal retail expansions.

TIACA

The Impact of the Air Cargo Industry on the Global Economy

September 13, 2006
The International Air Cargo Association Forum

This paper summarizes how the air cargo industry is changing and what the future holds. It covers emerging air cargo sectors, the new geography of air cargo, how air cargo in fostering global economic development, and the need for aviation liberalization if air cargo is to achieve its full development potential.

Bangkok Post

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.

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Rise of the Aerotropolis

July/August 2006
Appears in Fast Company

Business writer Greg Lindsay examines the efforts of John Kasarda to plan, promote, and develop aerotropolises around the world for urban and national competitive advantages. The challenges Kasarda has faced are highlighted.

Airport World

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.

Real Estate Issues

Logistics & the Rise of the Aerotropolis

Winter, 2000/2001
Appears in Real Estate Issues

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.

Real Estate Issues

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.

"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