Resources: Critique of aerotropolis developments – reports, articles, papers and book chapters

The abundance of industry information about the aerotropolis on the internet dwarfs the writing that is critical of this model of development. To help address this disparity GAAM is compiling this list of reports, papers, articles and book chapters.


‘Flawed vision’: Master plan for Sydney’s homes, jobs and transport slammed, Michael Koziol, The Sydney Morning Herald, 08/06/2022

Nadzab Airport Redevelopment Project (NARP) and Airport City, PNG, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas,18/03/2022


Councils hold grave concerns over Aerotropolis planning, by April Shepherd, Council Magazine Australia, 11th October 2021

Penang DCM: What is the need for Kulim Airport during this pandemic?, by Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times, 3rd August 2021

Dull, dispiriting and downright unimaginative: Sydney’s aerotropolis doesn’t fly, Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald, 16th January 2021

The new ‘Aerotropolis’: A double-edged sword, Mary Catherine Espejo, Rappler, 12th January 2021

Land Grab Practices and a Threat to Livelihood and Food Security in India? A Case Study from Aerocity Expansion Project from S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab, Thomas Reuter, Sarbjeet Singh, A. K. Sinha and Shalina Mehta, Journal of Land and Rural Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2021


KXP AirportCity / Kulim Airport, Malaysia, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 17th November 2020

Mega airport plans, but a pittance for farmers, Nihar Gokhale, The Morning Context, 30th October 2020

Anambra Airport City / Cargo Airport, Anambra, Nigeria, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 26th October 2020

Manila Bay Aerotropolis: No Place in Post Pandemic Philippines, Leon Dulce, Manila Today, 3 September 2020

3 planning strategies for Western Sydney jobs, but do they add up?, Joel Carrett, The Conversation, 1st July 2020

Vernamfield Aerotropolis, Jamaica, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 2 April 2020

Hamilton Aerotropolis – Airport Employment Growth District, Ontario, Canada, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 1 April 2020

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport, USA, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 26 March 2020


San Miguel’s $15bn airport: Game changer or white elephant?, NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW, Francesca Regaldo, 13 December 2019

Sanya Hongtangwan International Airport, Hainan, China, EnvJustice, ICTA-UAB, Environmental Justice Atlas, 1 November 2019

How Citizens Reshaped a Plan for an Aerotropolis and Preserved the Water Heritage System of the Taoyuan Tableland, by Sinite Yu, Chung-Hsi Lin, Hsiaoen Wu, Wenyao Hsu, Yu-Chuan Chang, Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage, 18 October 2019

The undemocratic and unscientific SMC Aerotropolis project, by Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap, Pamalakaya, 8 October 2019

Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really deliver on jobs?, by Alan Davies, Crikey, 9 September 2019

Shivdaspura Aero City, India, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 23 August 2019

Aerotropolis: At What Cost, to Whom? An analysis of social and environmental impacts ofNew Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) project, Indonesia, by Ellen Putri Edita, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, 2019

FIGHT OR FLIGHT: A critical study on the perceived effects of the planned Aerotropolis of San Miguel
Corporationa reclamation projectto the community of fisherfolk and the
environment of Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan
, undergraduate thesis, University of the Philippines Manila, Gabrielle Louise Serrano, May 2019

New Phnom Penh Airport and Airport City, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 17 May 2019

Building the Pickering airport makes no sense, by Joe Bezubiak, The Star, 23 April 2019

Bhogapuram Airport and Aerotropolis, India, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 23 April 2019

Second airport in Jeju (air force base), south coast, South Korea, Emmy Iwarson, Rose Bridger, Hyerim Yoon, SM (ICTA-UAB), 27 February 2019

Nijgadh Airport and Airport City, Nepal, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 18 February 2019

Third Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Northern Forests Defense, Environmental Justice Atlas, 5th February 2019

Central Transport Hub, Poland, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 1 February 2019

Contestations About the Meaning of Local Economic Development : a Case of the Aerotropolis Project in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, by Sebeka Richard Plaatjie, University of Johannesburg, January 2019


Would you live in an airport city?, by Lucy Wallwork, Multibriefs, 12th December 2018

SMC airport project to worsen flooding, displace families in Bulacan, Narya Salamat, Bulatlat, 28th September 2018

Mark Latham destroys Queen Lucy’s “Aerotropolis airheads”, Macrobusiness, 25th September 2018

Bangabandhu Airport, Arial Beel wetlands, Bangladesh, Rose Bridger, Environmental Justice Atlas, 17 September 2018

More Harm than Good: The Case of Bulacan Aerotropolis, Chuckie Calsado,, 15 September 2018 (updated 21 August 2019)

New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA), Java, Indonesia, ICTA-UAB and Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement, (GAAM), Environmental Justice Atlas, 26 August 2018

Why The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is a Bad Idea!, Build Sydney, 31st May 2018

Save Taliptip, by Leon Dulce, Bulatlat, 20th May 2018

International Airport in Kertajati or Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), Java, Indonesia, GAAM, Stay Grounded and ICTA-UAB, Environmental Justice Atlas, 20 May 2018

Oslo is building “the first energy-positive airport city”. But how green can an “aerotropolis” be?, The Alternative UK, 27th March 2018

Istanbul’s new airport: a looming black hole, by Mustafa Sonmez, AL-MONITOR, 9th March 2018

Is aerotropolis Songdo really the city of the future? by Edward Howell, CityMetric, 8th March 2018


Solidarity Calls for Kulon Progo Farmers against Airport and Airport City, Jogja Darurat Agraria, 18th Dec 2017

The “Aerotropolis” phenomenon – high-risk development thwarting SDGs, by Anita Pleumarom, section in report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017, Reclaiming policies for the public, by the Civil Society Reflection Group, July 2017

Airport-linked special economic zones, aerotropolis projects and the race to the bottom, by Rose Bridger, Global Tax Justice at a Crossroads conference, 5-6th July 2017

‘Proposed $2bn Anambra Airport City project unrealistic’, by David Onwuchekwa, 21st June 2017, The Sun Nigeria

Will the cities of the future be giant airports?, by Barbara Sturken Peterson, Ozy, 7th May 2017

Indonesia: Villagers resist eviction for 50 airport city on their land, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, 5th April 2017

Flying into uncertainty: Western Sydney’s ‘aerotropolis’ poses more questions than answers, by Robert Freestone, 22 March 2017, The Conversation


What’s Wrong with the Aerotropolis Model?, by Max Hirsh, 4 October 2016

Can Public Hearings withstand Authoritarian Land Expropriation? Case of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Megaproject in Taiwan, by Shih-Jung Hsu and Li-Min Liao, Paper for HDCA (Human Development and Capability Association) conference, September 2016

From Growth Poles to Aerotropolis: State and Large Scale Urban Projects in the Era of Finance Dominance, by Renan Pereira Almeida, Conference: XVII Seminário de Economia Mineira, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brasil, August 2016

Jeju Islanders resist airport megaproject, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, 10 June 2016

Aerotropolis Lost, by Tobias Carroll, Ruins Mag, June 2016

Upping the ante aero, by Rose Bridger, New Internationalist, April 2016

Denver’s CU sucker A-Team train wreck of thought, right through Aurora, by Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel, 27 April 2016


Aurora should vote ‘I guess so’ on 1A; Denver voters should give it the ‘hell, no’, Editorial – Aurora Sentinel, 7 October 2015

Rise of the Aerotropolis, by Rose Bridger, Third World Resurgence, September / October 2015

Aerotropolis developments: Environmentally destructive economic enclaves
also translated into German, „Aerotropolen“ als globaler Trend: Flughafen-Megaprojekte und ihre Folgen, by Rose Bridger, TourismWatch, September 2015

Efficiency at any cost? A Critique of Aerotropolis Development for King Shaka International Airport, by Meghan Crosby and Brij Maharaj, IGU Urban Commission Annual Conference, 9th-16th August 2015, University College Dublin, Ireland

Campaigners resist destruction of Istanbul forests and wetlands for airport megaproject, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, 25 July 2015

The aerotropolis of Heathrow is being built for airheads, by Will Self, Financial Times, 17 July 2015

Mopa Airport Woes, by Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Environmental & Political Weekly, 20 June 2015

The Third Airport Project: Vis-a-Vis Life, Nature, Environment, People and Law, by Kuzey Ormanlari (North Forest Defence), March 2015 (English version)

Aerotropolis alert! Airport mega-projects driving environmental destruction worldwide, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, 8 May 2015

Making an Indian Airport City, by Gopa Samanta, Environmental & Political Weekly, 18 April 2015

New Global Group Opposes ‘Aerotropolis Schemes’, by Jeff Lewis, March 2015

What’s an Aerotropolis, and why must these developments be stopped?, Rose Bridger, GAAM, March 2015


Taiwan: residents resist forced eviction for ‘Aerotropolis’ megaproject, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, Nov 2014

Do we need a massive shopping complex way outside the city?, by David Staples, Edmonton Journal, July 2014

Claims that airports are a city’s “economic engine” are overstated, especially when compared to other local infrastructure, by Julie Cidell, July 2014

Sugarcane(air)fields: the effects of the aerotropolis on the evolution of place, by Mizan Rambhoros, UIA 2014 Durban, 2014

Andal Airetropolis, India, Environmental Justice Atlas, Swapan Kumar Patra, 8 April 2014

Manchester Airport – the concrete shadow spreads, by Rose Bridger, The Ecologist, Feb 2014


Airport Companies as Silent Partners: The complex interplay between public and private ownership, by Charlotte Halpern, Chapter 6 in book Sustainable Aviation Futures, Emerald Group Publishing, Dec 2013

Chapter 11 of book Plane Truth: Aviation’s Real Impact on People and the Environment, by Rose Bridger, Pluto Press, October 2013

Runaway failures: a tale of failed airport projects -4, by Lionel Messias, Goan Spirit, June 2013

Runaway failures: a tale of failed airport projects -3, by Lionel Messias, Goan Spirit, June 2013

Runaway failures: a tale of failed airport projects -2, by Lionel Messias, Goan Spirit, June 2013

Runaway failures: a tale of failed airport projects -1, by Lionel Messias, Goan Spirit, June 2013

Aerotropolis: the city of the future? by Rowan Moore, The Guardian, March 2013


Aerotropolis a $500 Million Pitfall, by Larry Pomerantz, Raise the Hammer, 29 November 2012

Aranmula airport: an investigation, by Praveen, May 2012

Aerotropolis proponents had an Easter egg hunt last week, Desy Schoenewies, 56 Houses Left, 13 April 2012


Aerotropolis, Schmaerotropolis, by Randy Bohlender, 2011

Globalization and the Airport, by Aaron Renn, 2 October 2011

The Frowniest Spot on Earth, review of book ‘Aerotropolis: The way we’ll live next’ by Will Self, London Review of Books, 2011

Lingering Aerotropolis Questions, Desy Schoenewies, 56 Houses Left, 17 July 2011

aerotropolis, by Rob Homes, Mammoth blog, March 2011

The Cities Of the Plane, review of book ‘Aerotropolis: The way we’ll live next‘, by Wayne Curtis, 2 March 2011

What is an Aerotropolis? article by Miki Barnes of Oregon Aviation Watch, 2011

Aerotropolis? Whatever the name, tax credits for it are tabled for now, Desy Schoenewies, 56 Houses Left, 18 May 2011

The Next Big Handout: An “Aerotropolis” near you?, by Patrick Ishmael, May 2011

Keys to the City, Casey Walker, Los Angeles Review of Books, 30th May 2011

Airports: from flying fields to 21st century aerocities, Lucy C S Budd, chapter in book, International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, published by Edward Elgar, 2011


Global aerotropolis vs. local aqua-community: conflicting landscapes in the extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand, paper by Sirima Nasongkhla, 2010

20 Reasons to Stop Aerotropolis, Hamiltonians for Progressive Development, Sept 2010

Andal Aerotropolis: A Fact-Finding Report, translated by Siddhartha Mitra, Sanhati, 2010


The Panhandle Paradox, by Hal Herring, 2009

Airport futures: Towards a critique of the aerotropolis model, by Michael B. Charles, Paul Barnes, Neal Ryan and Julia Clayton, Nov 2007, Futures, Elsevier


Dance, Aerotropolis, Dance!, Ryan McGreal, Raise the Hammer, 24 June 2008


Aerotropolis 2.0: You’re With Us Or You’re Against Us, Ryan McGreal, Raise the Hammer, 20 Nov 2007


Welcome to Hamilton. (You are being screwed.), Ryan McGreal, Raise the Hammer, 28 June 2005


A (2003) critique of Aerotropolis, Aaron Priven, 2003

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