The second issue of GAAM Aerotropolis Update has been published. It looks at a total of 46 aerotropolis developments, in all regions of the world, with major land allocation for greenfield projects (on undeveloped land). Maps created for GAAM show the land area for three major aerotropolis projects:
- plans for KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Aerotropolis, around King Shaka Airport in South Africa, span over 200 square kilometres
- plans for Long Thanh aerotropolis, in Vietnam, covers 50 square kilometres, requiring relocation of 15,000 people, and that’s just for phase one
- the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance highlights an area of 418 square kilometres, predominantly urban and suburban land with areas of woodland
At the other end of the scale, the smallest aerotropolis developments cover a few hectares, but still raise concerns of loss of ecosystems and preferential treatment for firms, such as tax breaks. The Update covers just a fraction of what is happening worldwide. Material is already being compiled for Issue 3. If you missed Issue 1 it is available on the GAAM Aerotropolis Update page.