n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - A theoretical framework for airport-centric developments : the cases of OR Tambo and Cape Town international airports in South Africa - research

Volume 10 Number 4
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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With a wealth of valuable literature, airports are a topical subject matter on the nexus between transportation technology advancements and land use. While acknowledging the insights of literature, it is argued that improvements are required on the theoretical framework for analyzing spatial economic forces that drive airport-centric developments. The aim of this paper is therefore to contribute towards foundations for a theoretical framework that analyses the driving forces of the airport-centric developments of OR Tambo and Cape Town international airports in South Africa. Informed by the data gathered through 523 telephonic interviews, the paper culminates in a theoretical foundation, in which the cases studied are, among other characteristics, understood to be part of clusters that are of national and international significance. As theoretical building blocks, the paper is based upon the interconnections between the two sets of concepts: space, proximity, firm, scale and pattern; and agglomeration economies, linkages, clustering and propulsive economic qualities.

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