Airport CITIES 2016

Conference Programme

  • Day One
    15 November 2016
  • Day Two
    16 November 2016
  • Day Three
    17 November 2016

8:30 AM

Qingdao City Tour

1:00 PM -

4:30 PM

Two Master Classes by Dr. John D. Kasarda


Masterclass I: Foundations of Airport City and Aerotropolis Development ( 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)


Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break (2:30 PM – 3:00PM)


Masterclass II: Intermediate/Advanced Issues (3:00 PM – 4:30PM)


Led by Professor John D. Kasarda, conference chairman and world renowned leader of airport city and aerotropolis development, the two masterclasses will offer both first-time and regular (or more experienced) attendees a solid understanding of the airport city and aerotropolis models and their application. The foundations session will cover the principles, economic logic, and strategies of the airport city and aerotropolis development, with illustrations from around globe. The intermediate/advanced session will focus on master planning, investment attraction, and commercial real estate management issues.


John D. Kasarda, Director, Centre for Air Commerce, University of North Carolina (USA) and President, Aerotropolis Institute, Zhengzhou

5:15 PM

Speakers Briefing

6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

8:00 AM

Exhibition Opens and Tour of the Exhibition

8:30 AM

Welcome Messages


Welcome by Conference Chair


John D. Kasarda, Director, Centre for Air Commerce, University of North Carolina (USA) and President, Aerotropolis Institute, Zhengzhou

8:40 AM

Welcome Address by CAAC Official

8:50 AM

Welcome Address by senior official from Shandong Province

9:00 AM

Welcome Address by Qingdao Municipal Government Official

9:10 AM

Welcome Address by UBM Senior Executive

9:15 AM

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

9:20 AM

Framing the Conference


John D. Kasarda, Conference Chair

9:30 AM

Keynote: The Airport City Strategy of Qingdao


Zhang Xinzhu, Deputy Secretary-General, Qingdao Municipal Government

9:50 AM

Keynote: Building and Development of the Aviation Ecosystem Based on Internet Thinking


In the Internet age, the connotation and extension of the aviation ecosystem are both undergoing profound changes. Mr. Jiao Yongquan, chairman of Qingdao Airport Group, will begin with the ecosystem’s concept and origin, analyze its nurture and growth, and explore the development path toward “airport city era”. He will highlight problems, apply Internet thinking, and focus on related plans, platforms and mechanisms.


Jiao Yongquan, President of Qingdao International Airport Group Co., Ltd

10:05 AM

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

10:20 AM

Panel: Global Airport City Leaders Forum


The airport city and aerotropolis models are being implemented extensively around the world. Global airport leaders engaged in this process will discuss their experiences and share their insights on the best way forward for airport city and aerotropolis development.


SGK. Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd 
Arja Lukin, Project Director, Helsinki Aviapolis, City of Vantaa
Tom Murcott, EVP, Global Foreign Investment Officer, Songdo Aerotropolis / Gale International Korea - US
Mahmood Navidi Kashani, Chairman & CEO, Imam Khomeini International Airport City Co., Tehran

11:40 AM

Keynote: Air Service Development Strategies For Airport City Growth



For the airport city and its surrounding region to continue to grow and prosper new air service develop is a critical factor in a successful outcome. We examine the different development strategies available to airports and cities and analyse how these can be tailored and refined to meet the specific needs of the client.


David Stroud, Managing Director, Airport Strategy and Marketing Ltd (ASM)

12:10 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00 PM

Panel: Airport City/Aerotropolis Governance and Stakeholder Alignment


Governance and stakeholder alignment are among the greatest challenges to successful airport city and aerotropolis development. Approaches and solutions to this complex challenge are addressed by experts from different geographic locations and airport city/aerotropolis situations.


Elisabeth Le Masson, Member of the Board of Director, Hubstart Paris Region® Alliance
Douglas Baker, Professor, Head of Property and Planning, Civil Engineering & Built Environment School, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Jonathan Tuley, Senior Principal Planner, AICP, Atlanta Regional Planning District
Sergio Alegre Calero, President, Airport Regions Conference

2:30 PM

Keynote: Developing Biomedical and Logistics Clusters in the Aerotropolis



The biomedical and logistics industries are two that benefit from close proximity to airports and their multimodal connectivity. We describe their needs and the actions your airport city and aerotropolis need to take to create the right investment environment to attract these businesses to your airport.


Michael Canon, President, Catalytic Logistics, LLC (USA)

3:00 PM

Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break

3:15 PM

Panel: Optimising Airport City Property Development


This session focuses on the process of evaluating and identifying the type and mix of development that are right for your airport and the surrounding region. A distinguished group of airport commercial property development professionals share their experiences and lessons learnt from the projects they supervise.


Hubert Fontanel, Deputy Director, Real Estate Division, Groupe ADP
John Atkins, Director, Atkins Property
Randhill Singh, General Manager, Corporate Planning, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Darryl Jones, Chief Real Estate Officer, Executive Vice President, Denver International Airport

Property Director from Budapest Airport

4:15 PM

Panel: Private Sector Wants and Needs to Invest in Airport Cities


An in depth investigation into the roles that the private sector has undertaken in the development of Airport Cities and Aerotropolises to date. What is the private sector looking for in order to invest in airport cities and what constraints do airport property investors face? Our panelists talk about their experiences to date, good and not so good., and how airport executives can make their airports more appealing to such investors.


Myron Keehn, VP, Commercial Development, Edmonton International Airport
Todd Siena, Managing Partner, Avia-Tek, Beijing
Jae-Seung Lee, Senior Manager of Airport City Development Group, IIAC

5:15 PM

First Day Conference Close and Chairman’s Closing Remarks

7:00 PM

Gala Dinner

8:30 AM

Chairman’s Open Remarks

8:45 AM

Keynote: Airport Cities as Non-Aeronautical Revenue Generators and Regional Economic Catalysts


What strategies are emerging to increase airport non-aeronautical revenues and how can the airport strategies and the role of the airport city be better explored and leveraged to accelerate regional economic growth? International experts will weigh in on these two critical functions.


Patrick Heck, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President for Global Development, Denver International Airport

9:15 AM

Panel: Successful Airport City Design: Approaches and Lessons Learnt


Our panelists will discuss on what they believe results in productive airport city design. We ask them to share their design perspectives and the biggest challenge they were forced to overcome and how they arrived at a solution.


Sun Tianyao, Executive Vice President, Aerotropolis Institute, Zhengzhou
Jonathan Manning, Group Managing Director, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, South Africa
Bongiwe Pityi, General Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
Yang Xiaoming, Vice President, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company

10:15 AM

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

10:45 AM

Panel: Creating Effective Airport City and Aerotropolis Master Plans


Our panelists are responsible for some of the world’s largest and most significant airport city and aerotropolis projects. What are they doing to help ensure the long-term success of these projects?


Luo Huan, Senior Project Manager, Landrum & Brown Worldwide Services (Shanghai); Member of ACP Airport Committee
Cao Yunchun, Director of Institute of Airport Economics, Civil Aviation University of China
Li Shouxu, Chief Expert & General Planner, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd
Zhu Yuejun, Founder, Dongtan Consulting; President, Dong Xun International

11:45 PM

Keynote: Managing the Airport City


The airport city presents significant management challenges in areas such as aeronautical and non-aeronautical space tradeoffs, conflicting needs of stakeholders, attracting investors, and proper commercial development strategies. The panel will address the role of the manager and management team according to their required skill sets and breadth of experience for positive airport city development.


Pieter van der Horst, Senior Airport City and Real Estate Director, Amsterdam Schiphol

12:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM

Panel: Air Logistics as a Driver of Airport City and Aerotropolis Growth


The critical role played by cargo and logistics is sometimes overlooked or at best underestimated. Our panel will explain how their companies or organisations have contributed to the growth of the airport cities and aerotropolises in China and around the world.


Cai Linning, Professor and Director, Joint Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development, Tsinghua University
Noel Greis, Director, Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cosmas Hamadziripi,Director of Policy and Planning / Aerotropolis, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Durban Aerotropolis

2:15 PM

Panel: Free Trade Zones as Airport City and Aerotropolis Engines


Leaders provide an in-depth discussion and insights of the importance of Free Trade in the development and growth of airport cities and the aerotropolis.


Adam Jones-Kelley, President, Conway Inc
Matthew Sumner, Director of Asia, INVEST IN
Max Bouchet, Chief Analyst, Conway Inc

3:15 PM

Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break

3:30 PM

Panel: Developing the Sustainable Airport City and Aerotropolis


This session will feature professionals deeply engaged in airport city and aerotropolis environmental sustainability issues. They will share their experiences and discuss what they believe are the most important actions that airport executives and the development community can take to improve the environmental sustainability of airport cities and the aerotropolis.


Peter Budd, Former Global Head of Airports, ARUP
Robert Freestone, Professor of Environmental and Urban Planning, University of New South Wales
Alexander Kirby, Managing Director, Final Approach Limited; Co-Founder Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition

4:30 PM

Closing Keynote: Can Smaller Airports Become Airport Cities?


The airport cities and aerotropolis business models developed from a basic need for airports to increase their non-aeronautical revenue streams beyond those generated within the terminals. Many of the most successful early pioneers can from the larger hub airports such Amsterdam Schiphol, Dallas Fort / Worth, Hong Kong and Incheon. We learn how one of the smaller airports tackled the challenge of implementing their airport city strategy. Has the master plan worked as originally envisaged and were there any unforeseen challenges during the development programme. Is there a minimum size of airport, either in terms of passenger numbers or volume of cargo traffic, below which the model is less effective or simply not applicable?


Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO, Aéroport de Québec

5:00 PM

Second Day Conference Closing Remarks by Chairman

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