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Airports Focus on "Aerotropolis" Model
Airports are burgeoning into "aerotropolis" locales, complete with shops and hotels for passengers and light industrial and logistics hubs for cargo.
How are airports making the most of their surrounding industrial real estate (for instance, by developing industrial or research parks)?
John Carver, Executive Vice President, Ports Airports and Global Infastructure Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
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The current trend in airport design centers around the concept of an air city, sometimes called an "aerotropolis." This involves strategic development of off-tarmac land with both aviation and non-aviation uses that drive overall traffic at the airport. Today's air cities can be passenger-centric, with hotel, recreational, retail, and educational elements incorporated into the master plan. Or they can be designed to complement the cargo side of the airport, with special logistics zones, light industrial, and aviation/aeronautical-focused development features.
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