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"Airports, Air transportation, Economic development, Sustainability and the Aerotropolis Concept" Lecture by Andrew Goetz, University of Denver, USA

The visit of Andrew Goetz i organised by Aura Reggiani from the Department of Economics.

Dec 19, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna

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There is considerable theoretical and empirical evidence supporting the contention that airports and air transport activities are major contributors to economic development at multiple geographical scales. The high level of investment in new and expanded airport facilities in the largest cities around the world shows that major actors are very supportive of airport infrastructure and believe in the role it plays in fostering economic development.

More recently, John Kasarda has popularized the concept of an “aerotropolis,” or airport-oriented commercial, office, and business development that relies on proximity to a major airport and the air transport accessibility it provides. A number of aspiring global cities are pursuing aerotropolis developments, predicated on the expected role that airports will play in anchoring new economic growth regions of the future.

While it is clear that aviation and airports play a major role in economic development, when viewed through the lens of sustainable development, the picture becomes somewhat more muddled. This research will first revisit the traditional and alternative theoretical perspectives concerning the relation between air transportation and economic development, followed by recent empirical evidence on the economic impacts of airports and air transport. This lecture then takes a critical perspective on the aerotropolis concept through the lens of sustainability impacts of airport-related development.