also contains the full set of logistics and commercial facilities that support
aviation-linked businesses, cargo, and the tens of millions of air travellers who pass
through the airport annually. These facilities include, freight forwarding and supply chain
management; bonded warehouses, high-value food perishables, e-commerce, and pharmaceutical
distribution facilities; office buildings, hotels, and convention and exhibition complexes;
and health and wellness, research, and education services, as well as leisure and tourism
venues. Appropriately sited and publicly serviced residential areas house many of the
employees of these airport-area businesses.
As an increasing number of aviation-oriented firms, their supporting service providers, and associated residential developments cluster around airports and outward along their highway and rail corridors, the Aerotropolis emerges where air travellers and locals alike work, shop, meet, exchange knowledge, conduct business, eat, sleep, and are entertained, often without going more than fifteen minutes from the airport (see Exhibit). A new, dynamic urban growth pole forms, with multimodal transportation infrastructure (air, highway, rail, and links to ports) efficiently connecting Aerotropolis businesses and people to markets near and far, accelerating trade in high-value goods and services and enhancing the Aerotropolis’ local, regional, national, and global economic importance.
Aerotropolis Institute China