Airports give Alabama economy $5B economic lift, study finds

Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 at 5:15 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey released the findings of the Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study on Monday and its shows Alabama’s airports contribute nearly $5 billion annually to state and local economies.

The Montgomery Regional Airport accounts for about $400 million of that total.

“Our airports are a key asset for Alabama, providing critically important access for Alabamians, as well as our visitors,” Ivey said. “The 80 airports across our state also grow businesses, industries, and they create well-paying jobs.”

Those airports support nearly 45,000 jobs and drum up almost $2 billion in payroll, as well as almost $270 million in tax revenues that support local economies, the governor added.

“We can be proud of our airport system in Alabama and the daily contributions they make to improve the quality of our lives and grow our economy,” Ivey explained.

The study showed commercial and general aviation flights bring over 1.7 million visitors to the state annually and serve as a vital link to national and world economies, according to Dr. John Eagerton of the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“I would like to say that airports and economic development go hand in glove. We’ve been working with the general aviation airports across the state to commercial airports across the state. And we have demonstrated, I think, through this study, that investing in airports is a sound investment for the transportation system of the state of Alabama,” Eagerton stated.

Complete details of the study results will be available on Feb. 15. More information about the study can be found by visiting

In addition to helping the state and local economies, Ivey also said Alabama’s airports have played a vital role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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