Airport City Academy

5 – 6 December 2019, Vienna

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Learn how to develop and modernise airport cities.

What is the Airport City Academy?

Airport City Academy is an intensive, two-day course that equips decision makers with the tools they need to develop successful airport real estate projects. The integrated course curriculum combines rigorous in-class training modules with site visits to airport city developments. This unique mix of theory and practice offers participants an in-depth understanding of each step of the development process and empowers them to apply classroom learning to real-world case studies ranging from small regional airports to global mega-hubs.

ACA is led by Dr. Max Hirsh and Pieter van der Horst (MRE MRICS), two leading airport city experts with complementary backgrounds in real estate, market research, and urban development. Guest lectures by planners and developers from Europe, North America, and the Middle East highlight the “big picture” issues that fundamentally determine the success or failure of any airport city.

What Will You Learn?

Airport City Academy combines in-class training modules with on-the-ground site visits to successful airport city developments. In addition, small-group working sessions empower participants to identify their own airport city’s unique strengths and site-specific advantages, and brainstorm future growth strategies that build on those strengths. Over the course of two days, participants will learn how to

  • develop site-specific growth strategies that leverage the airport’s USP
  • drive the project forward through the six stages of development
  • determine which development model is right for their airport
  • build productive relationships between the airport and key partners in the public and private sector
  • generate enthusiasm for the project in the local community
  • attract developers and investors
  • manage landside properties profitably and efficiently

Learn from the Experts

Airport City Academy is led by experts who have extensive experience with full-cycle airport city project development. With complementary backgrounds in real estate, market research, and urban development, our instructors provide a global view of leading-edge development strategies that have been successfully implemented in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Max Hirsh

Professor @ University of Hong Kong

Max Hirsh (PhD, Harvard) is a Professor at the University of Hong Kong and a leading expert on airports and urban development. His research focuses on passenger behavior, landside real estate, airport-led urban development, non-aeronautical revenue, and emerging ground access patterns. Max is the developer of Airport Urbanism, a new, people-focused approach to airport design.

Pieter van der Horst (MSc MRE MRICS)

Managing Director @ AIREA

Pieter van der Horst (MSc MRE MRICS) is Managing Director of AIREA and an expert in airport real estate development and non-aviation revenue. Pieter’s professional career has included stints as Chief Commercial Officer of IKIA Airport City and at Schiphol Real Estate, where he led the landside commercial development of Schiphol’s airport city.

Course Schedule

Course Introduction

Module 1. Key Drivers of Airport-Led Urban Development

Module 2. Getting the Deal Done: The Six Stages of Project Development

Lunch

Module 3. Choosing the Right Development Model: Insights from the Real Estate Industry

Working Session 1. What’s Your USP? Finding Opportunities for Future Development

Drinks Reception

Recap of Day 1

Module 4. Study Tour: Airport City Development in Action

Lunch

Module 5. Thinking Ahead: Future Innovations & Disruptions

Working Session 2. Now What? Planning the Next Steps

Course Recap & Closing Discussion

Location

In 2019, Airport City Academy will take place at Vienna International Airport (VIE). Participants will have the opportunity to visit VIE’s newly expanded AirportCity, which is just a short train ride from downtown Vienna.

Vienna International Airport (VIE)

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Vienna International Airport (VIE)

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Accommodation

ACA participants are eligible for a discounted accommodation rate at Hotel NH and Moxy Vienna Airport. Both hotels are within walking distance of the course location.

Who Should Apply?

Airport City Academy is designed for senior managers and future leaders working at airport authorities, and for developers and urban planners involved in the development of airport areas. The compact course format is tailored to the career needs of busy professionals who are eager to deepen their knowledge and expand their skill set in a short time.

STANDARD

€1,450

Apply by 15 November 2019.

The course fee includes all course materials (syllabus, workbook, and post-course documentation). It also includes refreshments (lunch, coffee breaks, reception) and local transportation for the airport city study tour.

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