Chapter 16

The Airport as an Attraction: The Airport City and Aerotropolis Concept

Andrew R. Goetz    University of Denver, Denver, CO, United States


Airports have evolved over time from simple airfield facilities to multifunctional centres of aviation and related activities at both the airport site itself and the surrounding environs. Commercialisation and privatisation of airports have accelerated these developments as well as increased recognition that the global accessibility of air transport provides locational advantages to a variety of business activities that are drawn to the airport area. Land uses around airports have intensified and diversified over time through a series of stages as urban areas have grown outward. Most ...

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