Led by conference chair and a world-renowned Airport Cities expert John Kasarda, UBM’s Airport Cities (ACE) inQingdao, running from 15 to 17 November 2016, will draw more than 35 high-level speakers from organisations including the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC), Qingdao Municipal Government, Qingdao International Airport Group, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, Songdo Aerotropolis, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, Airport City Aviapolis, Airport Strategy and Marketing Ltd (ASM), Hubstart Paris Region® Alliance, Queensland University of Technology, Atlanta Regional Planning District, Airport Regions Conference, Aeroports de Paris, Atkins Property, Denver International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Avia-Tek, Incheon International Airport Corporation, Schiphol Group, AECOM, Aerotropolis Institute, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, Landrum & Brown Worldwide Services, Civil Aviation University of China, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd, Dong Xun International, Catalytic Logistics LLC, Tsinghua University, Conway, MX Media Group Limited, ARUP, University of New South Wales, PBI Aqaba Industrial Estate LLP, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Aeroport de Quebec.
Together with UBM, ACE is organised by Qingdao Municipal Government and hosted by Qingdao International Airport Group. China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd — fully owned by China State Construction, a world Fortune 500 company — is also on board as the Platinum Sponsor.
According to Aviation Week Network last month, the airport of Qingdao is aiming at doubling its intercontinental routes in 2017 after opening its first four this year. The airport’s market development manager, Yang Chen, shared that Sydney, Los Angeles, Moscow and London or Paris are the targets for Qingdao Liuting International Airport. In addition, he also commented that Qingdao and Shenzhen have been the prominent new participants this year in the secondary Chinese cities’ craze for paying airlines to open direct long-haul routes.
Having said that, the prestigious three-day ACE conference, with the theme “Driving Regional Growth and Economic Prosperity”, will be just in line with Qingdao’s airport city development as it will drive in-depth analysis and debate with topics such as The Role of the CAAC in Shaping China’s Airport Economy, Air Route Development Strategies for Airport City Growth, Airport City/Aerotropolis Governance and Stakeholder Alignment, Managing the Airport City, Optimising Airport City Property Development, Private Sector Wants and Needs to Invest in Airport Cities, Airport Cities as Non-Aeronautical Revenue Generators and Regional Economic Catalysts, Successful Airport City Design: Approaches and Lessons Learnt, Creating Effective Airport City and Aerotropolis Master Plans, Developing Biomedical and Logistics Clusters in the Aerotropolis, Air Logistics as a Driver of Airport City and Aerotropolis Growth, Free Trade Zones as Airport City and Aerotropolis Engines, Developing the Sustainable Airport City and Aerotropolis and Can Smaller Airports Become Airport Cities.