Course entitled:


The Airport City and Aerotropolis business model develops rapidly to one of the preferred business models for airports worldwide. This interactive course has been designed to introduce students, airports and business partners to this new business model and introduce its benefits, challenges and potential pitfalls.

Duration: 4 hours
Date: 6th of May 2015
Schedule: 09:00 – 13:00
Fees for entry:  The tuition fee for the course programme is €50.
Attendance: Leganés



  • MBA students of the fields of Business and Aviation Management and similar
  • Airport Managers
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Commercial Managers
  • Airport Business Partners (stakeholders, government officials, regional planners, etc.)
  • Airport staff working in the field of business strategy, landside planning, real estate, etc.


  • Understand the benefits, challenges and risks of the Airport City and Aerotropolis business model
  • Get knowledge of industry best practices in the field of Airport City and Aerotropolis development
  • Learn how to optimize and modernize the business strategy by using an innovative approach
  • Identify new sources of non-aeronautical revenues for airports
  • Analyse the market and potential client base to develop the Airport City/Aerotropolis in a sustainable way
Foto Profesora


Direction: Dr. Manuel Fernando Soler Arnedo
Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Since January 2014, Manuel Soler is Assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering (5-Year B.Sc, 07), a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science and Technology (M.Sc, 11), both from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a Doctorate Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Ph.D, 13) from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

He developed his early professional career in companies of the aeronautical sector. In 2008, he joined the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, where he was a lecturer in the area of aerospace engineering.

Dr. Mirjam Wiedemann: Mirjam is one of the few experts worldwide in the emerging field of Airport Cities and the owner, founder and managing director of WiedemannConsultants; a consultancy that specialises in strategy and project management for Airport City development and economic development.


I) Introduction

  • What is an Aiport City/Aerotropolis
  • Reasons for the development of the Airport City/Aerotropolis Business model
  • Success factors of Airport City/Aerotropolis development

II) Airport Cities/Aerotropoli and the region

  • Stakeholders’ engagement
  • Airpot City/Aerotropolis as economic development tool for the region
  • Strategic master planning
  • Infrastructure necessities for the Airport City/Aerotropolis
  • Sustainable development of the Airport City/Aerotropolis

III) Case studies