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Airport UrbanismInfrastructure and Mobility in Asia$
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Max Hirsh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696093

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696093.001.0001

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Airport Urbanism

Max Hirsh

University of Minnesota Press

The fourth chapter traces the development of budget air travel in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. It researches the development of low-tech interventions, e.g. airline ticketing counters located inside convenience stores and no-frills terminals built on the periphery of major hubs. This chapter looks to document how these facilities cater to travelers who lack the basic infrastructure needed to fly, such as a credit card, internet access, or even a last name. It examines two particular airports in Thailand's Bangkok and Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur, as they preform a “trickle down” process where cargo hangars and older terminals that were slated for demolition have instead been redeveloped into centers of low-cost aviation. Through a study of the future budget terminals in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, it contrasts the populist narratives adopted by budget airlines with the reluctance of planners to adapt airports to the needs of low-cost travelers.

Keywords:   Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Airports, Air travel, Low-cost transportation, Infrastructure, Terminals, Redevelopment

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