Airport CITIES 2016

The 15th Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition Day Two

The global airport cities community gathered today in the Main Ballroom of the Shangri-la Hotel in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, to witness the official opening of the 15th annual Airport Cities event, referred to as ACE 2016.

Welcome remarks

A distinguished panel of national and local dignitaries and politicians welcomed our guests:
Professor John D. Kasarda, Director, Air Commerce and President, Aerotropolis Institute and Conference Chair
Xin Tianhe, Chief Pilot of CAAC
Xia Geng, Vice Governor, Shandong Province Government
Zhang Xinqi, Mayor of Qingdao Municipal Government
Mayor Zhang explained that Qingdao plans to be both a Smart Airport City and Aerotropolis of North East Asia. It will also operate as a Centre of Innovation, Regional Service and Oceanic Operations.
Mayor Zhang said “Airport cities 2016 is the most influential event in our calendar. It is a great platform for exchange of ideas and seize the opportunity to press ahead to achieve our goals.”

Margaret Connolly, Vice President, UBM Asia

Ms Connolly responded to the Mayor saying that “UBM has successfully organized 14 airport cites events. The adoption of Airport Cities and Aerotropolis business models and importance of exploring best practice in the development of future smart cities and drive economic growth across the region. This is the key theme of our conference this year here in Qingdao. Special thanks to Municipal Government and Qingdao International Airport our partners in this event here in Qingdao.”

The Official Ribbon cutting ceremomy then took place signifying the start of Airport Cities 2016.
Framing the Conference, Prof John D. Kasarda, Conference Chairman
Jack Kasarda begin the conference session by introducing the Airport city and Aerotropolis business model and explaining the link between airlines, airports and investors.
Kasarda reminded us that “Time and cost, not space and distance” is the key to this. “It is not how far but how fast”. Time is therefore the critical metric in this dynamic model.
The business case is based around the fact that the unmet needs of businesses at and around the airport at the heart of the community. The airport operators and business partners can benefit commercially by meeting these needs. To achieve this airport planning, urban planning and business site planning need to integrated into a strategic road map.
In our enthusiasm and rush a business model we must always remember that a successful airport city needs a successful airport providing the connectivity and acting as the basic engine that drives the airport city.

Keynote: Zhang Xinzhu, Deputy Secretary-General, Qingdao Municipal Government

Deputy Secretary Zhang outlined the Qingdao 2030 Strategy. This includes the Airbus H135 project, Drone aviation park and manufacture of aeronautical components.
He then went on to the city’s “Vision, advantages and action plan”.
• The new International Airport will be constructed by 2020
• Annual TO 35 million passengers by 2025
• It will become the new international hub of NE Asia by 2030
It will include:
A Free trade zone including bonded area.
Aero industry park
Pharma, IT and Logistics
The 149 sq km Master Plan has been approved nationally.
Qingdao will become a “Smart City” consistent with the ‘One belt one road’ policy.

Keynote: Jiao Yongquan, President of Qingdao International Airport Group
Jiao Yongquan,President of Qingdao International Airport Group,depicts the aviation ecosystem in the context of the internet era. He begins the speech by highlighting the synergies and problems of the current aviation ecosystem. He explains how we can be inspired by the characteristics of the internet era, including mutual benefits, network based organization and enhanced competitiveness, and then offers three solutions on how to build an aviation ecosystem with infinite vitality. First, we should abide objective law of aviation ecosystem of taking shape, growing, and maturing. Second, we need to create an industrial concentration platform featuring connectivity to realize borderless radiation effect. Third, we need to build a highly effective mechanism for sound development of the aviation ecosystem. Hence, a new type of city with aviation features,

Panel: Global Airport City Leaders Forum
S G K Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport
India Experience new growth regions.

Role of Airport Cities in urbanization of India.
100 new greenfield cities, smart cities socially and environmentally. Airport Cites are the answer.
Expand the existing city –Brownfield New Delhi
Satellite cities – extension
Greenfield new cities – Hyderabad
Goa, India and Cebu Philippines
Hyderabad green power Solar 14 Mega Watts
Rain water conservation 2 months of water usage from rain.
Demand in ND, and creation in Hyderabad.
Persistent but responsive to succeed in the long-term and flexible to capture new opportunities.

Ms Aria Lukin, Helsinki, Project Director, Helsinki Airport City Aviapolis, City of Vantaa
Urban like city next to the airport
50,000 jobs by 2020
Unique residential areas right next to the airport
New Master Plan 3.5 km
Aviapolis Urban Blocks – new ideas

Tom Murcott, EVP, Global foreign Investment Aerotropolis, New Songdo Aerotropolis/Gale International Korea-US
Fully integrated city of tomorrow operating today.
The project costs US$35 billion.
POSCO is its development partner.

Mahmood Navidi Kashani, Imam Khomeni International Airport City, Tehran, Iran
Now IKAerotropolis
Best aircraft flight route Asia and Europe.
2/3 of world population within 12 hours
Young population and high percentage of engineers
140 sq km in total
10 million pax 100,000 tonnes
Ultimately 110 million pax and 4 millon tonnes of cargo

Keynote: David Stroud, Managing Director, ASM
Airport strategy development
The key factors that airlines require to operate air routes between two airports
Airlines are driven by markets
Corporate travel is ultimately key to success
Air service stimulates the Airport City
Airport City creates airport markets
Virtuous Circle

Afternoon Day Two
Panel: Airport City/Aerotropolis Governance and Stakeholder Alignment

Elizabeth Le Masson, Member of the Board, Hubstart Paris Regional Alliance
Governance and stakeholder alignment and the virtuous circle
Balance for success thru Governance
Governance as a challenge no natural alignment of stakeholders
Solutions need to be tailored to fit needs of region
Explain what you are doing and bring stakeholders together around a project and project management approach.
CDG some years ago 190 municipality, 3 counties and local opposition.
A sense of belonging
A strategic positioning
3 collective tools

Prof. Doug Baker, Head of Property and Planning, QUT
Stakeholders and Stakeholder Networks
Interfaces infra, economic, land use planning and governance.
Cooperation, Community events,
Coordination management committees on role in the region,

Jonathan Tuley, Senior Principal Planner, AICP, Atlanta Regional Planning District

Sergi Alegre Calero, President, ARC

Impediment to alignment getting past the idea just a place to fly out
Agreeing specific implementation steps
Difference in ability and willingness to move forward.
Create immediate direct benefit local inhabitants
Gaining political will as they are elected every 4 years
Keynote: Developing Biomedical and Logistics Clusters in the Aerotropolis
Michael Cannon, President Catalytic Logistics
Developing A Bio Medical and Logistics Clusters in the Aerotropolis
Success is dependent on
Defining the value proposition
Model the supply chain
Identify new solutions for shareholder problems
Design and implement process changes
Manage your aerotropolis aggressively

Panel:Optimising the Airport City Real Estate Development Portfolio
Hubert Fontenel, Deputy Director, Real Estate Division, ADP
John Atkins, Director, Atkins Property
Randhill Singh, General Manager, Corporate Planning, Malaysia Airports
Darryl Jones, Chief Real Estate Officer, EVP, Denver International Airport

Panel:Private Sector wants and needs to invest in Airport Cities
Myron Keehn, VP Commercial Development, Edmonton International Airport
Todd Siena, Managing Director, Avia-Tek Partners
Jae Seung Lee, Senior Manager, Airport City Development Group, IIAC
Profit is the key driver for the investment decision. When all else is said and done it will be the bottom line profitability that we close the deal with investors at your airport.

Gala Dinner
Hosted by Qingdao International Airport Group, the gala dinner not only entertains our guests from home and abroad with drinks and performances, but also provides a precious opportunity for them to enjoy the folk art and taiji in China. The world famous violinist Lu Siqing plays two marvelous violin concerto including the most renowned The Butterfly Lovers. He was born in Qingdao and is very proud of his hometown.




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