Airports and air travel industry are experiencing transformations by 2035 with digitalization and climate change being main drivers of the change. What makes airports and airport cities futureproof and successful in the these changing times- what is the recipe? Is there one? Come and find out yourself at The Smart Airports Workshop course on Airport development and connectivity.
The event provides latest updates on airport and airport city planning and development. What have been the elements of success and why have there been failures? The industry leaders will showcase their key findings as well as hold innovative brainstorming “Airport cities Vol 2. – What’s next?” Wheather it is an airport city, an aerotropolis or an airport agglomeration- they all have the same core – the airport.


Topics: Aviation industry update, airports and airport cities as destinations, smart mobility of the future, airport cities best practices

09.30 – 09.45
Introduction by Mari Peltomäki, CEO & Connectivity Expert, Art Palace International Ltd

09.45 – 10.30
Airport Urbanism: A New Approach to Airport Development.
Max Hirsh, Professor, University of Hong Kong

10.00 – 10.45
Future mobility – how to plan today for creating the sort of connectivity that helps deliver a better tomorrow?
Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol

11.00 – 11.55
First working session: What makes a successful airport city?

12.00 – 13.00
Lunch break

13.00 – 13.15
Results from the 1st working session

13.15 – 14.00
Growth mindset and main trends of the future- airports and airport cities hand-in-hand 
David Stewart, Managing Director, DMS Consulting (former Head of Aviation, IATA)

14.00 – 14.45
Airport city- what is it and how to do it? 
Pieter van der Horst, Chief Development Officer, IKIA Airport Development, Teheran, Iran

14.45 – 15.00
Coffee Break

15.00 – 15.35
Whats next for airport cities? Aviapolis- an airport city capitalizing on the connectivity – economic results of a public-private-partnership
Mari Peltomäki, CEO & Connectivity Expert, Art Palace International Ltd

15.35 – 17.00
Interactive brainstorming session on: Guidelines of airport cities development and planning- what’s next?

17.00 – 18.00
Drinks Reception


09.00 – 15.00
Topics: Airport city cases from China and Europe, connectivity, master planning and real estates

09.00 – 09.45
China’s smart approach to the development of Airport Cities, Aerotropoli and Airport Economic Zones.
Alex Kirby, Managing Director, Final Approach Limited

10.00 – 10.45
There is more to an airport city than meets the eye- an insight from Vienna
Peter de Leeuw, Head of Landside and Real Estate Development, Vienna International Airport

11.00 – 11.45 
Best practices of airport cities development: lessons learned, speaker TBC

11.45 – 12.00
Q&A/Getting ready for the co-working session with food for thought!

12.00 – 13.00
Lunch break

13.00 – 15.00 
Interactive co-working session on the future of airport cities: What lies ahead for airport cities- the Vol2

Airport Cities Workshop 1- Closing Remarks and Takeaways


Aviation Industry & Connectivity

Smart Mobility & the Future


Airport Cities & Real Estate Development

Place Making & City Planning