Speedy delivery of goods is also at the center of Mr. Kasarda's theory of what he calls the aerotropolis, a population and business center formed around an airport in the way that cities once formed around ports or crossroads.
Michael Brink, "Officials Are Trying to Raise a City in the Shadow of Detroit's Airport," The New York Times, November 27, 2002
He based this on three aspects: the upward world trend of airport traffic figures; the need for greater airport ground capacity in the Pearl River delta region; and China's desire to "merge into the international family".
Mr Bao said he did not regard an airport as a place just for aircraft taking off and landing. Zhuhai would be an "aerotropolis"
"China's airport authority chooses Westerner as boss of Zhuhai `aerotropolis'," South China Morning Post, August 31, 1994
Strangely, although the plural of metropolis is metropolises, the plural of aerotropolis isn't aerotropolises; instead, it's aerotropoli. Why the disconnect? Possibly because lots of people now use metropoli as the plural of metropolis, a usage the dictionaries haven't yet picked up on (although it has been around since at least 1978).