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US airports "lynchpin for economic growth" study finds

An economics study by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has found US airports have a collective national output of $1.1 trillion, support 9.5 million jobs and create a payroll of $356 billion.

Findings of The Economic Impact of Commercial Airports in 2013, which was prepared by the firm CDM Smith were announced today by the airport trading body.

The study analyzed the contribution US airports made to the nation's economy during the past year, including employment numbers, payroll figures, and output generated.

ACI-NA president and CEO, Kevin M. Burke, explains: “The clear takeaway from this latest study is that our nation's airports continue to be a tremendous source of economic activity around the country and across all hub sizes.

"Individually, the airport is the cornerstone of many local economies, and collectively airports spur an annual output of more than $1 trillion. Not only does our commercial aviation system rely on such a robust network of airports throughout the US, but so do a myriad other industries.

“Our airports connect the people, products, and services that comprise the US economy with markets across the country and around the world."

The Economic Impact of Commercial Airports in 2013 examines data from more than 90 state and local economic impact analyses encompassing 485 commercial airports in the US.

Burke continues: “Our study also makes it clear that airports have proved to be a lynchpin for economic growth and stability for many American communities in recent years.

"Despite rising fuel prices, airline consolidation, and the ongoing recovery from the Great Recession, airports continue to be a powerhouse for our local, state, and national economies.

“With smart investments and necessary capital improvements, our commercial airport system will be ideally positioned to help transform how we all do business well in to the 21st century."

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