PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 1570-1576.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.12.014

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Study on the Relationship between Airport Operation and Regional Economic Growth

ZHANG Lei1,2,3, CHEN Wen1, SONG Zhengna1,2, XUE Junfei1   

  1. 1. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Jiangsu Institure of Education, Nanjing 210013, China
  • Received:2010-03-01 Revised:2010-05-01 Online:2010-12-25 Published:2010-12-25


On the basis of constructing a theoretical framework on how the airport scale acts on its relation with different spaces of city, this paper takes Nanjing as a case for empirical study. The study shows that Nanjing Lukou international airport is still receiving radiation from Nanjing city, and the central urban area exerts strong effects compared to the municipal administrative areas, because the active business economics of hinterland provides sufficient passengers and cargo for the airport. Jiangning district mainly has relation with the airport in cargo transportation, and the increasing air cargo provides impetus to the district’s economic growth. The impact of economic growth on the air cargo is not obvious. Although the airport almost have no impact on the economic growth of Lukou. Lukou provides passengers to the airport. On the other hand, because the enterprises in the airport economic area have less needs for air cargo, the economic growth of Lukou district has no obvious impact on air cargo. It can be predicted that with the expansion of the airport, the airport will spur regional economic growth and will certainly have external economic effects on the Lukou district and Jiangning district.

Key words: airport, Granger test, Lukou international airport, Nanjing, regional economic growth