Aerotropolis Institute (A.I.) is a world leading research and consulting agency specialized in planning and development of airport-integrated areas, founded in 1990 by Dr. John D. Kasarda, lifetime professor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Aerotropolis theory, originally championed by Professor Kasarda, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the “10 Ideas that Will Change the World”. Aerotropolis Institute China (A.I.C.), whose president is Dr. Kasarda, is a strategic branch of A.I., providing thought leadership, research, advisory and consulting services for the planning and development of airport-centered areas in China and Asia-Pacific.

A.I.C. practices a unique, efficient and practical methodology integrating “strategic path planning, industry planning and spacial planning”, based on Professor Kasarda’s Aerotropolis model. It endeavors to meet the development needs of local governments and enterprises through close follow-up on the projects. Backed by 40 years of experience and world-class talents of A.I., A.I.C. helps clients build high-quality, vibrant and highly competitive airport cities by taking local features and economic conditions into full consideration. Its consulting services cover various fields, such as airport economy zone planning, enterprise top-level structure design, industrial parks planning, integration of global competitive industries and intellectual resources, industry planning and business recruitment. A.I. has conducted many projects worldwide including but not limited to Dubai World Center, New Songdo City (Incheon, R.O.K.), Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, new Western Sydney Airport, Memphis of the U.S. (headquarter of FedEx), OR Tambo International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (China’s Aerotropolis), Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport Economy Zone and the North Area, Guangzhou Airport Economy Zone and Korla Airport Economy Zone.


Who We Are

A.I.C. is backed by the A.I. International Expert Panel, a group of highly experienced, multidisciplinary talents from different regions, providing the most professional consulting services for the development of airport integrated areas.

World Leading Intellectual Resources 

Our experts represent various fields of expertise, such as airport operation and management, urban planning, aviation logistics, industrial design and development. Experts will work together and provide comprehensive, cross-disciplinary consulting service and introduce a variety of resources.

Innovative and Effective Working Methods

To break the restrictions of traditional methods of planning, which consider space layout as the key factor, A.I.C. team practices an innovative, effective methodology integrating “strategic path design, industrial planning and space design” based on China’s marketing environment.

Our Network

A.I.C. provides consulting services to governments, companies and public organizations. So far, A.I.C. has already provided comprehensive solutions to nearly 100 countries and regions around the world to help clients to achieve sustainable economic development, investment attraction, and industrial transformation. Consequently, A.I.C. has built mutual trust with our clients and established a long-term strategic partnership with them. In recent years, A.I.C. has led more than 50 core projects in major cities, including Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Zhuhai etc and has been highly appraised of its expertise.



Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport Economic Zone Ecological and Smart Residence Area Planning

Zhengzhou International Higher Education and Innovation Complex Urban Design

Qingdao Pingdu Airport Economic Zone Master Plan

Dubai World Central Aerotropolis

Wuyi General Aviation Park Design



Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone

Aerotropolis Theory

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