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.