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 Advisory 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 services and introduce a variety of resources.

Customized Services for Chinese Market

A.I.C. provides customized analysis, insights, and advice on all aspects of airport city and Aerotropolis development mainly in China and Asia-Pacific by adopting a unique, efficient and practical methodology integrating “strategy planning, industry planning and spatial 

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 achieve sustainable economic development, investment attraction, and industrial transformation. Backed by top-notched fellow experts, A.I.C. partners with clients from public and private sectors and is able to offer tailored solutions to our clients and help them build high-quality, vibrant and highly competitive Aerotropolis/airport cities.


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