Report: Public airports generate $26B

CHARLOTTE – The state’s 72 publicly owned airports contribute nearly $26 billion to the state’s economy and support more than 100,000 jobs, according to a study from the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University.

According to the report, aviation supports more than 100,000 jobs in North Carolina, creating more than $4 billion in personal income. Aviation experts and educators say as the aviation industry continues to grow, there’s a big demand for pilots and maintenance technicians.

The report also states that the state and local governments received more than $770 million in sales, property, corporate and personal taxes due to airport activity.

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