Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Aerotropolis Development

The “aerotropolisis a new urban form identified by Kenan Institute director John D. Kasarda, who observed its emergence in response to the advance of global commerce.

Most aerotropoli developed organically and spontaneously over the past two decades as increasing numbers of aviation-oriented businesses were drawn near airport and the long transportation corridors radiating from them. As a result, most spawned congestion, environmental problems and public disdain.

In recent years, however, cities and government around the world, particularly in Asia, are using research and best practices developed by the center and others to plan and build aerotropoli intentionally. These new communities serve as economic engines, driving competitive advantage and improving the quality of life for their businesses, residents and communities.

The Center for Air Commerce works with airports, governments and aviation companies around the world to help them plan where and how to grow and develop the commercial areas within and around their airports as sustainable drivers of economic growth.

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