Governor: Public Airports Contribute $4.9 Billion Annually to Economy

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Gov. Kay Ivey announced the results of a statewide survey of airport economic impact at Montgomery Regional Airport today.

Gov. Kay Ivey today said that the 2020 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study shows that Alabama’s 80 public airports contribute $4.9 billion annually to state and local economies.

“Our airports are a key asset for Alabama, providing critically important access for Alabamians, as well as our visitors,” Ivey said. “The 80 airports across our state also grow businesses, industries and they create well-paying jobs.”

Ivey said that state airports support about 44,400 jobs and $1.9 billion in payroll annually, as well as generating $268 million in tax revenues to support local communities.

In addition, the study showed that Alabama’s public airports reach every U.S. state and 23 countries, and commercial and general aviation flights bring more than 1.7 million visitors to the state annually.

“Aviation is a thriving industry in our state and an important part of our economic health,” Ivey said.

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