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Airport Runway

Beyond the

sense of arrival

Airport Area Development 




International speakers
Honorable guests

Beyond the sense of arrival

Airport area development is not merely about expanding runways and terminals; it's about shaping the economic destiny of cities......


Experts of Industry

Partner Airport City Academy


Pieter van der Horst

Project Director at Schiphol Area Development Company 

Pieter is an expert in Airport City / Aerotropolis development and in generating non-aviation revenues. He is Managing Director and consultant at Airport City Academy, an airport real estate consulting and educational firm and is project director at SADC, Schiphol Area Development Company, a company that develops sustainable logistical and mixed-use areas around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. He is an international speaker on commercial airport development with topics like regional development, financial feasibility studies, TOD, commercial landside development, and commercial (terminal) retail strategies. In the past Pieter worked for the Schiphol Group. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol he was responsible for the planning and development of the Airport City. Pieter completed a Master of Science in Business and Urban Economics, a Postdoc in Financial Management, and a second Master of Science in Real Estate (with honors, cum laude).

For the Masterclass 'Airport Area Development' in Curaҫao, Pieter will be giving the following masterclasses:

- The economic impact of airport area development for islands

- Best practices for airport area developments

Max Hirsh

Leading global expert on airport & urban developments

Dr. Max Hirsh (PhD, Harvard) is Managing Director of the Airport City Academy and a leading global expert on airports and urban development. Dr. Hirsh pioneered the airport urbanism (AU) method: a customer-focused approach to developing airports and planning the airport area. Passionate about aviation, Dr. Hirsh serves as technical advisor to airports, governments, and developers around the world, on projects ranging from single-plot developments to large-scale regional masterplans. He is also a frequent keynote speaker, expert witness, and course instructor. Core areas of expertise include: •concept development, visioning, and positioning •benchmarking and demand analysis •market engagement and investment attraction •tendering and procurement •project delivery, special purpose vehicles, and public-private partnerships •sustainable urban planning and design

Partner Airport City Academy

For the Masterclass 'Airport Area Development' in Curaҫao, Max will be giving the following masterclasses:

- Mayor airport area development trends

- From zero to hero. The transition to impactful airport area developments


Welcome & Introduction by the honorable guests


Minister Ruisandro Cijntje 

Minister of Economic Development


Minister Charles Cooper

Minister of Traffic Transportation and Urban Planning


Wilhelmus Ignacio MSc.

Managing Director of Curaҫao Airport Holding

Honorable guests


May 27

09.00 - 10.30

Welcome & introduction by honorable guests

10.45 - 12.00

The economic impact of Airport area developments for islands

14.00 - 17.00

Mayor airport area developments trends

May 28

09.00 - 12.00

From zero to hero. The transition to impactful airport area developments

14.00 - 17.00

Field visit to HASCO terrains

May 29

09.00 - 12.00
14.00 - 17.00
18.00 - 21.00

Best practices for succesful airport area developments

Executive session


Location of Masterclasses

Field visit to CAH-terrains

The Venue
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