Airport City and Aerotropolis Master Planning

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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‘Airport City’ or ‘Aerotropolis’ are new business models for airports where real estate developments on airport land, or in close proximity to the airport, help to increase non-aviation revenues and sometimes develop the airport as a destination in its own right. The Airport City and Aerotropolis business model develops rapidly to one of the preferred business models for airports worldwide. Prominent examples are Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Dubai South and Incheon International Airport.

Similar to an airport master plan, an Airport City or Aerotropolis master plan should represent the strategic vision of the future development. An Airport City or Aerotropolis master plan goes beyond the airport planning and needs to take into account economic development, urban planning and transport arrangements of the wider region as it has numerous interfaces with the region and so the planning cannot stop at the airport fence. This might present a challenge to airport staff and airport management.

Many airports rely on external funding and hence a sound strategy for bankable projects is crucial. The main challenge of developing a sound master plan is to achieve a strategy that is supported by all stakeholders, fits the future demand of companies and being in favour of investors and financial institutions.

airsight’s 3-day training course has been designed to give an introduction to the topic for a wide range of professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds.  The course will introduce the relevant strategic planning parameters and discuss benefits, challenges and potential pitfalls on the way to a successful Airport City or Aerotropolis.

The course contains presentations on all main topics, which will be supported by group exercises, case studies and discussions.

Course Details

Language:German or English
Duration:3 days

Course Content

"Airport City" or "Aerotropolis"

  • Airport revenues
  • Airport ownership
  • Airport City and Aerotropolis defined

Key strategic planning considerations 

  • Airport and air traffic development
  • Stakeholders and shareholders
  • Local, regional and global context
  • Financial planning
  • Market demand
  • Benchmarking

Elements of the master planning process

  • Existing conditions assessments
  • Cluster determination
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Development phasing
  • Financial considerations

Implementing a successful Airport City or Aerotropolis

  • In-house expertise
  • Tenders
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Revenue sharing


Dr. Mirjam Wiedemann

Mirjam is one of the few experts worldwide in the emerging field of airport cities and non-aviation revenues and specialises in strategy and advice for airports, airport cities and economic development of adjacent land (aerotropolis). She also researches and advises on sustainable aviation and regional transport integration including urban air mobility and hydrogen flight. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in industrial engineering, a PhD that looked at airport city and aerotropolis investment, has ample training experience and is a regular expert speaker at international aviation conferences. Mirjam has been working and advising on different airport city and aerotropolis strategies worldwide and lectures and researches in aviation at the University. 

Target Group

  • Airport planners
  • Airport management
  • Civil aviation authority representatives
  • Airport shareholders and financial analysts
  • Government officials
  • City and urban planners
  • Architects
  • University lecturers in aviation
  • Airport consultants

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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