John Kasarda is a professor at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School and the creator of the concept of the "Aerotropolis." His focus is on global development and the roles of airports within our economy. Luftmensch.
"A new urban form is emerging worldwide that is shaping the competitiveness of metropolitan regions and nations. It is the aerotropolis, a city built around an airport which offers aviation-oriented firms speedy connectivity to their suppliers, customers, and enterprise partners nationally and worldwide."