The recently released 2012 Aviation Economic Impact Study conducted by the Aviation Division of the Washington State Dept. of Transportation provides us with an in-depth look at the economic benefits of our public-use airports.
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- About 248,500 jobs, $15.3 billion in wages and $50.9 billion in economic activity are created by statewide commercial and general aviation activity in Washington.
- Many small aviation facilities provide much-needed access to life-saving medical air transport, disaster management, as well as support when a wildfire occurs.
- More than $540 million in tax revenue is directed into Washington’s General Fund annually.
- Cities, special purpose districts and counties receive about $243 million in annual tax revenue, as well.
At the time of the last study in 2001, this same industry was responsible for only 171,300 jobs, a little more than $4 billion in wages and $18.5 billion in annual sales.
To read more about the study, click here.
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