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Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study

2004 Final Technical Report Economic Impact Study cover art

Summary of Findings

The data for this study was collected directly from airports and airport-related businesses during base year 2001. All results are reported in 2001 dollars. Detailed analysis is provided in the following chapters.

Virginia public use airports, including Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, contributed a total economic impact of more than $10.7 billion to the Virginia economy.  Virginia public use airports, excluding Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, contributed a total economic impact of $4.67 billion to the state economy.

Additional study highlights include:

• Virginia public use airports directly employed 8,190 people and expended $275.4 million in wages. 

• Virginia public use airport employees and tenants earned an average annual salary of $33,600 per year.

• Visitor industry employees earned an average annual salary of $15,500 per year.

• Virginia public use airports generated $3,124 of economic impact per 2001 enplanement.

• Virginia public use airports generated $2,765 of economic impact per 2001 operation at Air Carrier airports.

• Virginia public use airports generated $300 of economic impact per 2001 operation at General Aviation airports.

• Virginia public use airports generated $119,000 of economic impact per based aircraft at General Aviation airports (based on 2000 based aircraft data).

2004 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary (not available)

Chapter One - Introduction

Chapter Two - Methodology

Chapter Three - Statewide Economic Impacts of Aviation

Chapter Four - Economic Impacts By Airport   (content not available)

Chapter Five - Comparison to Previous Studies

Chapter Six - Sensitivity Analysis

Chapter Seven - Scenario Analysis