Air Mauritius confirmed (30-Aug-2012) the appointment of Appalsamy Thomas as chairman of the board and Andre Viljoen as CEO. Mr Thomas is currently Harel Mallac group head of human resources, marketing and communications and Mauritius Telecom chairman. Mr Viljoen was appointed acting CEO of the airline in Dec-2010. [more - original PR]
Air Mauritius confirms appointment of chairman and CEO
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It contains comments from a range of panellists including Munich Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stockholm Airport, London Heathrow, the City Council of El Prat, the City of Amsterdam, Schiphol Real Estate, Durban's Dube Tradeport, Copenhagen Airports, Edmonton Airport, Denver Airport and others, under the guidance of Professor Kasarda.
Professor Kasarda's conclusion was that there are four themes critical for success for an aerotropolis:
- Stakeholder alignment and community buy-in to the project;
- Appropriate business model needed;
- Connectivity in the air and on the ground and;
- The Aerotropolis is a process/strategy, not a project!
The Aerotropolis – a strategy, not a project. ‘Aerotropolis EMEA’ Conference report: Part 1
The Aerotropolis is a process or strategy, not a project. That was the main conclusion of a conference, ‘Aerotropolis EMEA’, which took place in Manchester, UK, in early Jul-2014.
Attempts were made to define the Aerotropolis and to differentiate it from the ‘Airport City’ to delegates that ranged in nature from the already well-informed to the absolute beginner. It was interesting to note that several major airports do not use the terms ‘airport city’ or ‘aerotropolis’ even though it is widely observed that they have one or the other, or both, themselves.
Moreover, the US FAA does not have a definition of Airport City or Aerotropolis, despite the fact that some of the best examples, and particularly the area around Dallas-Fort Worth airport, can be found in the US. Clearly, these concepts are a process that is still a work-in-progress.