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MoDOT Study: Missouri Airports Bring in $11 Billion to Economy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to a recent study, airports in Missouri help contribute hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the Missouri economy.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to a recent study, airports in Missouri help contribute hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the Missouri economy.

The study by the Missouri Department of Transportation shows that 108 of the airports it helps to support contribute 100,621 jobs with a payroll of $3.1 billion to the state economy.

When all economic activities are considered, a total annual economic output of Missouri’s system of airports is estimated at $11.1 billion, according to the study.  This represents 4.3 percent of the gross state product.

Using Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, the Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study lookes at direct and indirect impacts nine commercial and 99 public-use airports make to Missouri’s economy.

The study indicated that the economic contribution of Missouri airports grew 17.1 percent in the past decade, despite the economic recession which began in 2007. Though airports support many types of unique users, growth was fueled largely by an increase in business activity.

Missouri’s commercial airports provide access to destinations worldwide and bring in millions of visitors.

In 2012, an estimated 6.2 million travelers arrived in Missouri via commercial airports and more than 260,000 arrived on general aviation aircraft.

While in Missouri, those people spent money on food, motels and more, directly contributing to the economy.

Airport study details can be found at MoDOT’s website, www.modot.org/othertransportation/aviation/aviationgeneralinformation.htm .

Missourians are also invited to review and comment upon the state’s draft Long Range Transportation Plan at www.missourionthemove.org to ensure it includes elements that will result in a strong, vibrant transportation system that gives a long-term boost to Missouri’s economy and quality of life.

The annual economic impact of the Springfield metro, or annual Gross Metro Product (GMP), was $16.2 billion in 2012.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. GMP is defined as the value of all goods and services produced in a metropolitan area. The Springfield metro is defined as Greene, Polk, Webster, Christian, and Dallas counties.


Top Five Missouri Airports Measured by Economic Impact

  • Kansas City International
TOTAL JOBS: 60,786

TOTAL PAYROLL: $1,550,032,000

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT): $5,869,520,000


  • St. Louis-Lambert International
TOTAL JOBS: 24,925

TOTAL PAYROLL: $1,034,888,000

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT): $3,716,005,000


  • Springfield National
TOTAL JOBS: 4,454

TOTAL PAYROLL: $154,280,000

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT): $402,017,000


  • St. Louis-Spirit of St. Louis
TOTAL JOBS: 3,040

TOTAL PAYROLL: $107,552,000

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT): $354,950,000


  • St. Joseph
TOTAL JOBS: 1,487

TOTAL PAYROLL: $92,284,000

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT): $162,318,000



 
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