Airport CITIES 2016

Speakers’ Interviews


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

Professor Kasarda is the leading developer of the aerotropolis concept defining the roles of aviation and airports in shaping 21st Century business location, economic development, and urban growth. He directs the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School and is President of the Aerotropolis Institute in Zhengzhou.

Dr Kasarda is also the author of over 150 articles and 11 books. He regularly consults with airports and governments around the world on airport city and aerotropolis development and is currently the Chief Adviser to the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone and Chief Scientist at Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics.

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Adam Jones-Kelley
President and CEO
Conway Inc

Adam Jones-Kelley is a leading expert in cross-border investment and corporate expansion strategy. He has worked with Conway, Inc., for 17 years and served as President for four. Prior to becoming President of Conway Adam managed the award-winning international magazine Site Selection.

Adam has two decades of experience in economic development, publishing and marketing. He’s been a featured speaker at events around the world and has been interviewed for various news media in the US and Europe. Adam has consulted for dozens of government economic development agencies on six continents, helping them position themselves to attract domestic and foreign corporate investment and create jobs.

Adam is also an accomplished writer, having produced original content for Site Selection magazine, OnSite Travel and The FDI Report.

Over the last four decades Adam has visited more than 80 countries. A deadly parasite in Ghana nearly killed him, as did stepping in front of a tram in Prague, adventures which he dutifully chronicled for the aforementioned OnSite Travel.

Adam grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Auckland, New Zealand. He and his wife, renowned photographer Soo Jones-Kelley, reside in Peachtree Corners, a suburb of Atlanta where they’re raising a pair of rambunctious kittens.

This idyllic life leaves Adam a little restless. He’s an avid adventure-sport enthusiast who enjoys activities such as bungee jumping and diving with sharks, and does philanthropic work for endangered and abused animals.

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Arja Lukin
Project Director
Aviapolis, City of Vantaa, Finland

Arja Lukin is an Architect and Project Director of Airport City Aviapolis in City of Vantaa, Finland. Aviapolis is an international area with the strongest growth in the Helsinki region. Aviapolis will rise alongside the Helsinki Airport, which is Europe`s northern hub for flights to Asia.

Aviapolis is changing at accelerating phase from a logistics and industrial area to an lucraticve and sustainable airport city that will include housing, workplaces and services. The airport is becoming better connected to the entire capital region, but also in an exceptional way to the urban-like environment of Aviapolis.

As a Project Director Arja Lukin leads the development and growth of the airport city in cooperation with the area stakeholders and various industries of the city. Before Arja Lukin has worked as a City Architect of Vantaa in charge of property development, investments and design of the public buldings.

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Darryl Jones
Chief Real Estate Officer, Executive Vice President
Denver International Airport

Darryl Jones was named chief real estate officer and executive vice president of Denver International Airport (DEN) in June 2016. He is responsible for the continued development and economic expansion of the airport’s real estate program on 17,000 developable acres.

The program includes the transit-oriented communities at two on-airport, commuter rail stations, and the 1,500-acre commercial-use pilot program, ratified by voters in November 2015.

Prior to his service at DEN, Jones was vice president and development manager of Coventry Development Corporation, where he managed major land planning and development projects in Colorado, Florida and Texas.

Jones has also served as the director of planning and government affairs for Oakwood Homes and as planning manager for the Community Development Department of the City of Greenwood Village, Colo.

He holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves as a member of the Greenwood Village city council.

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David Stroud
Managing Director
Airport Strategy and Marketing (ASM)

David Stroud is the Managing Director of Airport Strategy and Marketing (ASM), the global consulting company specialising in route development.

Educated at the University of Nottingham, he has over 30 years of aviation industry experience in the fields of route development, marketing, and airport infrastructure development. Formerly of BAe Systems, Manchester Airport and London City Airport, David has been a senior manager with ASM and the Routes event business since 1998, he has held leadership positions across both businesses. Following the acquisition of Routes and ASM by UBM, David led the integration of the Global Airport Cities event into the company.

Within ASM David has led many projects addressing the route development strategies of airports as well as being a key advisor to airport acquisitions. He is also driving the connection between the growth of air routes at airports and the advancement of Airport City developments.

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Douglas Baker
Professor and Head of Property and Planning
Civil Engineering & Built Environment School and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Douglas Baker is Professor and Head of Property and Planning in the School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Baker’s areas of expertise include land use planning, airport management, and regional air transport. He has worked across the airport and air transport sectors in Australia, Canada and Europe. Prior coming to Australia, he worked in the public and private sectors, and was acting Head of School of Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia. Professor Baker was the leading investigator of an international research team that evaluated the Airport Metropolis concept from 2007-2011. He currently is working with the University of Cologne and T.U. Berlin on an international collaboration evaluating the planning of airports within the urban context. In addition, his research investigates the challenges of regional air transport in rural and remote Australia.

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Member of the Board of Director
Hubstart Paris Region® Alliance

Elisabeth Le Masson has been nominated "Delegate for Economic Promotion and Jobs Creation" of Aéroports de Paris since January 2016.

Previously she was the delegate for Sustainable Development for Paris - Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget Airport from 2007 to 2015. In her 30+ years of working with Aéroports de Paris, she held numerous managerial positions from finance, to duty-free, to communications, to real estate and to operations. She was the Chief of Staff of the CEO from 2006 to 2007.

She is Member of the Board of Hubstart Paris Region, the Alliance in charge of the international promotion of the Paris-CDG Airport Area.

She has two diplomas from two prestigious French universities, HEC - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC International Business School) and IEP-Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies).

She was awarded with the French Legion d'Honneur. She is a French Foreign Trade Advisor.

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Gaëtan Gagné
President and CEO
Aéroport de Québec

Since 2010, Gaëtan Gagné has been President and CEO of Aéroport de Québec inc. (AQi), the company responsible for the operation and development of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). From 1997 to today, he has also been sitting on Aéroport de Québec inc.’s Board of Directors and was named Chair of the Board and President of the Executive Committee from 2001 to 2009.

Under his leadership, airport traffic has doubled in just a few years as a result of a strong Passenger First® focus and a $450 million capital investment program. This strategy led to the construction of a new terminal in 2008, and the current building of a new international terminal to be delivered in 2017. It is also under his initiative that U.S. President Barrack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the implementation of a new U.S. Preclearance facility at YQB.

Prior to that, Mr Gagné held various positions in the insurance industry, namely as President and CEO of L’Entraide assurance. He is also still active in the Armed Forces as Honorary Colonel of the 35th Canadian Service Battalion. In 2012, he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2015, the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) in recognition of his loyal service.

Active in the business community, Mr Gagné is a member of various trade associations including the American Association of Airport Executives, the Canadian Airports Council and the Board of Trade. He has earned a Fellow designation from the LIMRA Leadership Institute and was granted the titles of Chartered Director from McMaster University, as well as Certified Corporate Director by Laval University. He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

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Hubert Fontanel
Deputy Director
Real Estate Division, Groupe ADP

IPEF Chief Engineer, 95' class (Ponts, Eaux et Forêts - Bridges, Water and Forestry Master's Degree) - MBA Engineering College, 95' class.

Started his career as engineer in charge of key projects at the Departmental Facilities Directorate (DDE) 94.

From 2000 to 2006, he was Project Director for air terminals 2E and S3.

In 2007, he was appointed Real Estate Deputy Director in charge of Development at Groupe ADP.

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Jae-Seung Lee
Senior Manager
Airport City Development Group, Incheon Airport

Jae-Seung Lee is senior manager of Airport City Development Group, Incheon International Airport Corporation. From the early stage of Incheon Int’l Airport development, Lee has been leading numerous projects on developing Air City of Incheon Int’l Airport.

Lee served Airport City Development Group for nearly ten years, contributed to Incheon Airport Free Trade Zone(comprise of Airport Logispark and Cargo Terminal Area) development. Lee has successfully attracted big players such as STATSChippac Korea, DB Schenker, KWE, Pantos, etc. Cargo terminal and logistics park is now showing 98% of occupancy.

Lee is currently focusing on developing integrated resort area(Inspire IR) to accelerate new paradigm of Airport City Development, and providing supporting facilities according to new passenger terminal opening. Lee also take parts in existing facilities management, mediating disputes and complaints.

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John Atkins
Atkins Property, Tirion Projects Ltd

John has over 30 years’ experience in the property, transport and regeneration sectors. He has reported at Board level on property and development matters for MAG and delivered significant value creation to the business working directly with Government and Local Government leaders. He is a skilled negotiator in delivering property development, property management and strategic direction in complex stakeholder environments.

Director Atkins Property 2015 to present

Founder of Atkins Property a specialist strategic consultancy for large scale complex infrastructure projects where significant value can be created around the infrastructure assets. The range of assets include ports, airports, rail stations, and motorway junctions.

Non Executive Director NJL ltd 2014 to present

Acting as a non executive Director to a regional Planning Consultancy business based in Manchester and Leeds.

Managing Director, MAG Developments 2009 to 2015

Director of Airport City Manchester Ltd Joint Venture Company

John was Managing Director of MAG Developments for 6 years, MAG Developments is the property management and development business of MAG ( the Manchester Airport Group of companies- a £3-4bn asset value business owned by the 10 districts of Greater Manchester and IFM Australian Pension Fund).

The property business includes over £600m of property assets at all four MAG Airports based in the UK. The post reported into the Chief Executive of the Group and he was a member of ExCo (the Executive Management Committee).

A separate Property Board operates and includes the £850m Airport City project at Manchester Airport- a flagship Enterprise Zone. John led this project from initiation to forming the Joint Venture delivery partnership in 2013. The project has been developed through close collaboration with a number of stakeholders including Manchester City Council’s Chief Executive- Sir Howard Bernstein,

Central Government Departments, local MPs including The UK Government’s Chancellor -George Osborne, and the surrounding community.

The business was created to drive value out of the MAG land bank by working with internal and external stakeholders to define core and non core assets. New hotels, offices and logistics projects have been completed over the past 10 years. Land has been acquired for development and infrastructure and planning approvals have been delivered to enhance value by land sales, JV’s and direct turnkey developments.

Key note presentations on Airport City and driving value out of land assets have been delivered in Shanghai, Beijing, London, New York, Denver, Barcelona, Munich and Kuala Lumper, Gatwick and most recently to the United Nations in Geneva

Strategy and Development Director MAG 2005 to 2009

John reported to the Chief Executive for the management of the property estate of the Group and for delivering new commercial developments and infrastructure projects totaling c£1bn – 10 year Capital Programme. The role was responsible for managing the Strategic Property and Estates Team of the Group’s Airports . Functions included delivering new commercial property developments to maximise shareholder returns, providing property and commercial master planning advice to MAG, and management of Ringway Developments plc. The role had a strong focus on stakeholder management with relationships across, central government, private developers and local authorities.


Manchester Business School
Oxford Brookes University
BA Hons in Urban and Regional Planning

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Jonathan Manning
Group Managing Director, Principal
Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, South Africa

Jonathan is an Architect and Urban Designer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is Group Managing Director of Osmond Lange Architects & Planners. Established in 1929, Osmond Lange is one of the larger architectural and urban planning practices in South Africa, with offices in Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town, as well as associated offices in seven other African countries. Osmond Lange undertakes work across all sectors, including residential, retail, industrial, education, healthcare and commercial offices with a particular specialisation in relation to the planning of integrated mixed use commercial precincts, the best known of which is Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Latterly, the practice has developed specialised expertise in relation to the masterplanning, design and implementation of major airport and airport city projects. Jonathan’s recent involvement in this area includes work on the Kwa-Zulu Natal Integrated Aerotropolis Strategy, development of the Master Coordination Plan for the Airport City surrounding Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport, the O. R. Tambo Terminal A Refurbishment project, as well as the O. R. Tambo Western Precinct Commercialisation project which includes a 200,000m2 terminal nexus precinct recently launched at the 2016 SAPOA Conference.

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Jonathan Tuley, AICP
Senior Principal Planner
Atlanta Regional Commission

Jon Tuley has worked in the Urban Planning industry for 10 years. He earned an undergraduate dual degree in Marketing and Management from Lipscomb University and his Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jon has experience both in local and regional planning having worked in Franklin, Tennessee and for the Atlanta Regional Commission, where he currently serves as a Senior Principal Planner. In this role, Jon provides management support for the division, is lead staff and project manager for the Aerotropolis Atlanta initiative, oversees the Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) program, and serves as project manager for Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) studies.

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Max Bouchet
Chief Analyst
Conway, Inc.

Max Bouchet is Chief Analyst at Conway. In his role as head of the Analytics division, he manages statistical analysis related to economic development, corporate investment and global rankings, including the annual World's Most Competitive Cities Report. Max oversees the global expansion of Conway’s investment projects database and the development of the Conway Analytics Report, a monthly report on global investment activity. His research focuses on location competitiveness and the motives behind investment decisions across industries.

He graduated from the leading Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris, France) with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs. He speaks French, Spanish, and is an assiduous student of Mandarin Chinese. He also studied one year at Shanghai-based Fudan University. Max lived in several countries (United States, France, China, Thailand) and he currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works out of Conway’s global headquarters.

Max enjoys hiking in the Georgia mountains and is gearing up for his fifth marathon.

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Michael Canon
Catalytic Logistics LLC

Mr. Canon has worked in the private sector for a global logistics leader (DHL), and as a consultant to airports and their communities (Dubai, Moscow, Indianapolis) in the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) to clusters in the logistics, biomedical, aviation, and advanced manufacturing areas.

Mr. Canon has started operations and conducted turnarounds for DHL including 18 years as President of the Brazilian subsidiary. Mr. Canon has resolved many different political and logistic operational issues in Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia with his ability to organize the public and private sectors around common objectives and interests.

Possessing successful experience in difficult regulatory environments, Mr. Canon has reengineered and executed operational and strategic changes in conjunction with all stakeholders to align interests to deliver value. He has gained a deep understanding of stakeholder leadership at national, international and global levels. He has extensive experience in strategy development, board management, divisional and company general management, operations, supply chain management as a critical service provider, and new country entry plans.

He has been a frequent lecturer on such topics as diverse as the Aerotropolis concept, the development of multimodal logistics platforms, real estate investment, supply chains, and foreign direct investment.

Mr. Canon received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Noel P. Greis
Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Greis is Director of the Kenan Institute’s Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation and Adjunct Professor of Operations at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the impact of increasing digitalization on business. She works with private companies, public organizations, and government agencies to navigate the digital revolution, helping them leverage new digital technologies in creative and innovative ways. Dr. Greis is also Co-Director of the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development, a joint center of Tsinghua University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Dr. Greis works closely with the aviation and aerospace industry on a range of initiatives to develop new products and services that enhance competitive advantage. Dr. Greis and her team routinely track business trends and global events that are capable of causing major disruption to the industry. Recent projects by Dr. Greis and her team have examined business trends affecting the air cargo market such as TSA cargo screening requirements, emerging patterns of global sourcing and inventory policy, and airport development and operations. Business intelligence tools developed in the Center’s Digital Enterprise Lab are providing insight into new revenue-generating opportunities.

A major focus of her recent work has been the exploitation of new digital technologies to create “smart” products and systems for aviation and aerospace companies. Recent work has focused combining new information technologies with high-accuracy, high-integrity, high-availability positioning and navigation technologies and new mobile technologies. She is an expert in the area of intelligent systems design and works with aerospace companies to develop predictive analytics that support decision-making in complex and dynamic business environments. Dr. Greis was recently awarded US patent 7333918 Novelty Detection Systems, Methods and Computer Program Products for Real-Time Diagnostics/Prognostics in Complex Physical Systems for innovations in anticipating failure in complex systems such as aircraft.

Dr. Greis has also worked with state, federal and foreign governments, as well as private sector organizations, to develop new logistics concepts and infrastructures for airport-driven regional economic development. These concepts leverage airports as the new centers of gravity in multimodal infrastructures and as critical revenue-generating developments for cities and regions.

Dr. Greis received her Ph.D., M.S.E. and M.A. degrees in engineering from Princeton University and her B.A. in mathematics from Brown University. Dr. Greis is the recipient of a number of awards for her work including a Distinguished Paper Award from the Decision Sciences Institute and a Citation of Excellence from the ANBAR Management Intelligence. Her papers have received awards in the Decision Sciences Institute Best Interdisciplinary Paper Competition and the Production and Operations Management Society William Abernathy Management of Technology Competition, and have also been translated into several languages.

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

Pieter van der Horst is an expert in AirportCity development and in generating non-aviation revenues and works for Schiphol Real Estate, a 100% subsidiary of the Schiphol Group. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol he is responsible for the development of the landside part of the AirportCity, which includes the central area (Schiphol CBD) and commercial Real Estate. Some related projects at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol have been the area development of Schiphol Oost Aerospace Exchange (the MRO area of Schiphol), the development of the new General Aviation Terminal, a high speed public transportation station and several airport related offices and hotels. In the past he was a.o. CEO of a construction company and has been a guest lecturer for ACI on courses about non-Aviation revenues. Pieter completed a Master of Science in Business and Urban Economics and completed a Master in Real Estate with honors (cum laude).

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Randhill Singh
General Manager
Corporate Planning, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

Randhill Singh joined Malaysia Airports in 2008, and had since undertaken various roles and positions, namely in the Transformation Management Office, Corporate Planning, Malaysia International Aerospace Center (MIAC, focusing on Subang airport as an aerospace park), and the KLIA Aeropolis development.

Most recently, Randhill had been instrumental in crafting Malaysia Airports' newly launched five year business plan, entitled the Runway to Success 2020, which identifies four key strategic pillars for the Group. These strategic pillars are centered on enhancing the core airport business and customer experience, as well as driving the Group's expansion and diversification into airport city development and international airport investments.

Randhill was also responsible for the execution of Malaysia Airports' first Aeropolis cross border joint venture. The joint venture with a Japanese conglomerate, Mitsui Fudosan was to develop and operate Kuala Lumpur's first premium outlet mall - the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA. The outlet park, which is slated to be the largest in South East Asia has already commenced pre development for its second phase following a successful 1.5 years of operational success.

Having launched the KLIA Aeropolis concept master plan earlier this year, Randhill and his team are currently engaged with the Malaysian government and potential investors to ensure the building blocks for a successful execution of the KLIA Aeropolis are well in place.

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Sergi Alegre Calero
Airport Regions Conference

Sergi Alegre Calero, PhD of Contemporary History (UB), is President of Airport Regions Conference (European organization of cities and regions with an airport in their limits), Vice-Mayor of El Prat where he is in charge of spatial planning, transport and environmental issues. Barcelona-El Prat airport is one of the fastest growing European airports and Mr Alegre Calero has been responsible for accommodating the needs and constraints of a fast growing business. He is councilor of the Metropolitan government of Barcelona and as such is participating in a Metropolis project with、Paris, Atlanta and Saul in a project about sustainable airport regions from economic, urban and environmental perspectives.

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SGK Kishore
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd

Mr SGK Kishore is an Electronics & Communications Engineer from Andhra University and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. A Rank holder during Engineering and a Gold Medalist during his Masters, Mr Kishore’s illustrious career spans over 30 years across Government and Private sectors.

A 1989 Batch Officer of the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Mr Kishore has held several important positions with the Government of India in areas as diverse as District Administration, Social Justice & Empowerment, Labour Welfare, Finance, Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Urban Development.

Mr Kishore joined the GMR Group in 2006 where he was associated with the development & construction of Hyderabad Airport and later he led the Hyderabad Aerotropolis business as the CEO, spearheading the positioning and development strategy of India’s largest Aerotropolis project. In 2013, he took over as CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport with overall responsibility for the unique Hyderabad Airport Eco-system spanning the airport, the aerotropolis and the Aerospace & Industrial Park.

Mr Kishore is also a member on the boards of various companies within the Airport eco-system, driving strategy and decision making in varied businesses such as Hyderabad Duty Free, GMR Aero Technic which operates India’s most modern and one-of-a-kind 3rd Party aircraft MRO facility at Hyderabad Airport and the Hyderabad Airport Cargo JV with Menzies of UK. He is also an active member of the Governing Board of the Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO), India.

Under his leadership, Hyderabad airport has set milestones/benchmarks in growth, customer delight, operational excellence and environmental management e.g.:
• Successfully steered the airport out of severe financial distress caused by adverse regulatory ruling
• Remained amongst Top 3 airports globally in ACI ASQ for 7 consecutive years
• 1st airport in India to implement a unique end-to-end E-boarding solution
• Innovative strategies for catchment area marketing to boost passenger & cargo traffic growth

Having steered the Hyderabad Airport onto a higher trajectory of growth, Mr. Kishore’s current focus is on creating a world-class ‘Airport City’ centered on the Hyderabad Airport to incubate India’s first and largest ‘Aerotropolis’. He envisions an integrated eco-system consisting of Aerospace & Defence manufacturing, Logistics & Warehousing, Offices, Exhibition Centers, Hotels & Social Infrastructure, all geared to boost regional economic growth, besides driving enhanced air connectivity and traffic at the airport. 

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