Airports are too often seen as merely supporting assets to the revenue generators of air travel. However, airports have the potential to catalyze massive economic benefits outside of the perimeter fence.
When designed, executed and operated well, airports will generate more jobs, facilitate increased business interactions, encourage co-located commercial development, support increased trade in goods, and will likely open up regions to more cross-sector investment.
This is being recognized in airport developments around the world, with European and Asian airports dominating various surveys and rankings of airport quality and projected economic growth.
US airports are also increasingly recognizing this, with concepts such as "airport cities" in various stages of planning, such as in the cases of Memphis and Denver international airports.