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Aeronautics, Turner Falls Airport Runway 2013MassDOT has announced the results of the latest comprehensive Statewide Airport Economic Impact study that finds Massachusetts public airports generate an economic output of $16 billion in economic activity and support more than 162,000 jobs.

“The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study demonstrates the value that airports add to the Commonwealth by bringing in money, creating jobs, and providing additional travel options throughout Massachusetts,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This study is a key component in illustrating how investments in our airports from every region of our state positively impact our economic development.”

The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study completed by MassDOT’s Aeronautics Division measured the total economic impact of the 39 public-use airports in Massachusetts, including Boston Logan International Airport. The airports’ $16 billion in economic activity and 162,000 related jobs reflects commercial airline service, military aviation, emergency law enforcement and medical transport activity and general aviation.

“It is made clear in the Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study that the 39 public-use airports bring tremendous value to the economic profile of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Christopher Willenborg. “It is important to highlight that aviation is a strong economic catalyst in the state, sustaining over 162,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Since the 2011 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study was published, there has been an increase of approximately 38,000 jobs, $1.2 billion in payroll, and $4.7 billion in economic output. The Massachusetts Statewide Economic Impact Study summarizes the benefits that aviation brings to the Commonwealth and documents some of the many other benefits that air travel bring to its host communities.

To learn more about the Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study,  please view the executive summary: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/portals/7/docs/airportEconomicImpactSummary.pdf.

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