Alabama airports contribute $4.9 billion to economy

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A 2020 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study has found that Alabama’s system of 80 public airports are economic engines, contributing more than $4.9 billion to their local communities and the state’s economy.

“Our airports are a key asset for Alabama, providing critically important access for Alabamians, as well as our visitors. The 80 airports across our state also grow businesses, industries, and they create well-paying jobs,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “Alabama airports generate over $4.9 billion in state economic activity each year, support 44,399 jobs and $1.9 billion in payroll.”

“Additionally, these airports generate almost $268 million in tax revenues to support local communities,” she continued. “We can be proud of our airport system in Alabama and the daily contributions they make to improve the quality of our lives and grow our economy.”

The study shows that flights to and from Alabama’s public airports reach every state in the United States, as well as 23 countries. Together, commercial and general aviation flights bring more than 1.7 million visitors annually to the state and serve as a vital link to national and world economies. Airports also support first responders, create well-paying jobs, assist the military, and providing recreational opportunities, among many others, noted officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Aeronautics Bureau. Most recently, these airports have provided a vital role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines to local communities, officials add.

The state’s aviation industry rankings place Alabama third in general aviation percentage growth, eighth in airport operations percentage growth and 11th in air cargo tonnage percentage growth.

The ALDOT study analyzed five economic activity categories for each airport, including economic activity generated by general aviation visitor spending, commercial aviation visitor spending, investment for capital improvements, airport business tenants and airport management.

More information about the study can be found at

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