NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)



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Nowadays, airports are not just the place for aviation. In globally operating markets,airports have become critical assets in the competition between regions. From theexample of two arch rivals in European Union, namely Amsterdam and Frankfurt, twodifferent development models are nominated - the Aerotropolis Model and the Efficient Gate-way Model. The conditions of each model and their applications are analysed and compared toChangi Airport (Singapore) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand). Changi Airport, surroundedby highly developed areas, has a great potential to be the heart of an Aerotropolis. In contrast,Suvarnabhumi Airport is surrounded by floodplain and farmland on the eastern vicinity ofBangkok. The development conditions of Thailand's major airport could get along well to theEfficient Gateway rather than the Aerotropolis Concept.

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