Age of the aerotropolis

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A recent article in the Washington Post reports on the rise of the aerotropolis. Put simply, an aerotropolis is a city built around an airport.

Airports serve cities right? Positioned on the outskirts, they are just one of the metropolis’ many and varied parts.

So it has been in the past. But, perhaps, not the way it’ll be in the future.

A recent article in the Washington Post reports on the rise of the aerotropolis.

Put simply, an aerotropolis is a city built around an airport. Though the idea may sound bizarre initially, the article points out cities have always developed around transportation hubs – first ports and harbors, and latterly train stations.

The argument for the growth of these places goes thus: Globalization continues its rampant march…global travel will become ever more important…air is the only mode of travel that can serve such a fast-paced and globally connected world…ergo, airports will be at the heart of future cities.

Efficiency is key, so say the experts. One even suggests, “the old real-estate rule of ‘location, location, location’ is being swapped for the new rule of ‘accessibility, accessibility, accessibility’.”

Quite how ever-improving (i.e. faster, more sophisticated and increasingly reliable) telecommunications fit into the equation we don’t know.

So, where are these aeropolises? Songdo, the South Korean city connected by a 7.5-mile bridge to Incheon International Airport is mentioned as a prime example. So, too, is Dubai. The latter credited with changing global travel patterns thanks to its rise as a global travel hub.

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Age of the aerotropolis was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (523 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.