Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

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Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next
Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next
A new book co-authored by center and Kenan Institute director John D. Kasarda examines aerotropolis, an emerging urban form he defined.

Big plans for Panama: Panama's Airport City and Aerotropolis Ambitions [PDF: 650K], June-July 2011 Central America has lagged behind other regions of the world in airport city and aerotropolis development. This is about to change.

Creating an Aerotropolis: How Indianapolis Is Strategically Charting Its Airport's and Region's Future [PDF: 538K], Spring 2011 Indianapolis International Airport (IND), handling a total of 7.5 million passengers and 1.05 million metric tons of cargo in 2010, received much more than a facelift in 2008. A new state-of-the-art airport was opened adjacent to the old one on a greenfield site a mile wide and over two miles in length.

The Change in Reign: As Hong Kong International Becomes the World's Top Air Cargo Airport, Challenges Lie Ahead [PDF: 366K], Spring 2011 The crown has been passed from Memphis to Hong Kong. Memphis, which had been the leading cargo airport every year since 1992, handled 3.9 million metric tons of cargo in 2010. Hong Kong processed 4.1 million metric tons last year – an increase of 23 percent over the previous year.

Global Airport Cities [PDF: 9MB], 2010 Airports, like many major transportation interchanges, have long attracted commercial development. This attraction has grown as air passenger and cargo traffic has increased and as cities have continue to expand outward towards, and sometimes around, airports.

Airport Cities [PDF: 1.2MB], April, 2009 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.

Governing the Aerotropolis [PDF: 249K], Spring, 2009 Aviation-linked commercial development, once confined largely to airport property and its immediate environs, is rapidly spreading outward. In the process, a new airport-anchored urban economic region is forming-the aerotropolis. The aerotropolis encompasses the airport city and the air commerce driven areas surrounding it.

Achieving good airport-neighbor relations [PDF: 150K], Fall, 2009 At the heart of every aerotropolis is a successful airport. Busy commercial airports are increasingly recognized as producers of local and regional benefit. They have become ever more important economic engines as business travel and air cargo expands, benefitting aviation-dependent firms not only in the immediate airport area but often those considerable distances away.

Aerotropolis is key to global competition , Dec., 2009 John D. kasarda has researched this development around the world, he has seen how airports are evolving from transportation and supply chain-focused areas into mixed-use commercial centers.

Airport Cities & the Aerotropolis: New Planning Models [PDF: 338K], April, 2007 Airports have traditionally been viewed as places where aircraft operate and passengers and cargo transit. This traditional understanding is giving way to a broader, more encompassing model which recognizes the fact that along with their core aeronautical infrastructure and services, virtually all major airports have incorporated a wide variety of non-aeronautical facilities and services.

Air Routes as Economic Development Levers [PDF: 186K], Oct., 2008 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 go hand-in-hand around the globe.

Green Aerotropolis [PDF: 1.1MB], Oct., 2008 A path-breaking endeavor to construct the world's first green aerotropolis is rapidly progressing in Northwest Florida. The St. Joe Company, Florida's largest landholder, is partnering with the Panama City-Bay County Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority), environmental groups, and public and private-sector organizations to develop 75,000 acres of land centered around a new international airport. The 4,000-acre airport, scheduled to open in mid 2010, and its surrounding 71,000 acres have been designed to serve simultaneously as a catalyst for economic development, a model for 21st-century sustainability, and cornerstone for one of Florida's largest and most comprehensive environmental preservation efforts.

Shopping in the Airport City and Aerotropolis [PDF: 1.1MB], Nov., 2008 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.

Charting the Future [PDF: 5MB], Winter, 2007 Memphis boasts the assets to become a top-class aerotropolis-and the leader in the worldwide logistics management.

Size Doesn't Matter [PDF: 641K], March, 2007 Dr. John Kasarda explains how a smaller Brazilian airport aims to revive its fortunes by transforming itself into an airport city.

Blueprint for The Future [PDF: 321K], March, 2007 Dr. John Kasarda reports on Hyderabad's plans to create one of the world's great airport cities at its new $390 million gateway.

Aerotropoli: Airport Cities [PDF: 75K], Jan., 2007 Last month the New York Times nominated the "aerotropolis" as one of the "Ideas of 2006." It seems that everyone is talking aerotropoli or aerotropolises: it is an idea whose time has come.

Speaking Volumes [PDF: 659K] 2007 Led by a convergence of aviation, globalization, digitisation and time-based competition, the worlds of air commerce and supply chain management are rapidly merging.

The Impact of the Air Cargo Industry on the Global Economy [PDF: 58K], Sept., 2006 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.

The New Model [PDF: 1.4MB], Aug., 2006 The new model recognized the fact that in addition to their core aeronautical infrastructure and services, major airports have developed significant nonaeronautical commercial facilities, services and revenue streams. At the same time they are extending their formal reach and impact well beyond airport boundaries.

Airport Cities and the Aerotropolis [PDF: 424K], July, 2006 Airports have historically been understood as places where aircraft operate, including the runways, control towers, terminals, hangers and other facilities which directly serve aircraft, passengers and cargo. This historical understanding is giving way to a broader, more encompassing concept which recognizes the fact that in addition to their core aeronautical infrastructure and services, virtually all major airports have increasingly developed non-aeronautical commercial facilities and services.

The Rise of the Aerotropolis [PDF: 2.6MB] 2006 Airports are no longer simply places where airplanes land and passengers and cargo transit. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is a case in point. About 58,000 people are daily employed on the airport grounds. It's passenger terminal-containing an expansive mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment arcades-doubles as a suburban mall that is accessible both to air travelers and the general public. Amsterdam residents regularly shop and relax in the airport's public section, especially on Sundays and at night when most city stores are closed.

Air Cargo, Liberalization, and Economic Development [PDF: 177K] July, 2005 Led by a convergence of aviation, globalization, digitization, and time-based competition, the worlds of commerce and supply chain management are rapidly changing.

The 2004 Global Infrastructure Report [PDF: 1MB] Sept., 2004 Corporate logistics requirements have airport cities morphing into "aerotropoli"; seaports are deepening channels for tomorrow's superfreighters; and bridge, tunnel and road projects will fix bottlenecks in the movement of people and freight.

From Airport City to Aerotropolis [PDF: 654K] Aug./Sept., 2001 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.

Planning the Aerotropolis [PDF: 723K] Oct./Nov., 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.

Knowledge Management Across Multi-tier Enterprises: The Promise of Intelligent Software in the Auto Industry [PDF: 2MB] Aug., 1999 The automotive industry is at a critical juncture in its evolution. Vehicle manufacturers are merging horizontally into large portfolio-oriented companies focused on assembly and marketing while reducing their in-house development and manufacturing depth in favor of multi-tier supplier base.

Time-Based Competition & Industrial Location in the Fast Century [PDF: 1.2MB] Winter, 1999