Report: NC airports contribute $52 billion and 307,000 jobs to economy

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American Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY)
American Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s 72 publicly owned airports contribute $52 billion to the state’s economy, nearly two billion of that comes from Wilmington International Airport, according to a new report released by the NC Department of Transportation.

The report, North Carolina: The State of Aviation, highlights the economic impacts of the state’s public airports and the related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy.

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NCDOT said it created the report to help guide future investment in aviation infrastructure and to act as a tool for recruiting future aviation and aerospace industry.

According to the report, ILM provides 12,960 jobs, $66.8 million in state and local taxes, and has an overall economic output of nearly $1.8 billion.

The report also looked at the impacts of general aviation airports.

  • Cape Fear Regional Jetport: 1,955 jobs, $10.3 in state and local taxes, economic output of nearly $278 million
  • Columbus County Municipal: 495 jobs, $20 million in state and local taxes, economic output of nearly $165 million
  • Curtis L. Brown, Jr. field: 40 jobs, $211,000 in state and local taxes, economic output of $13.5 million
  • Odell Williamson Municipal: 55 jobs, $301,000 in state and local taxes, economic output of nearly $5,9 million

To read the entire report, click here.