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Systems of airports within city regions

WithDAVID C. PROSPERI

The purpose of this chapter is to begin to describe and explore possible theoretical insights concerning the group of multiple airports within a single city region. This is a major departure from dominant themes such as the airport as driver of economic development for a city region, the airport as a driver for the development of specific sectors of the economy, or the airport as a real estate catalyst. In each of these signifiers of airport-related research, the use of the definite article “the” almost implies that there is but one airport within a particular city region. This is clearly not the case in megapolitan city regions, such as Berlin, London, and New York, or even in sub-megapolitan city regions, such as Brussels, Marseilles, and Miami. The distinction goes beyond multiple international airports within a single city region. Here, the focus is squarely on the entire set of airports and airport functions – from major international passenger and cargo airports through executive airports and military or municipal airports to general aviation facilities – within a single city region.