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Report shows ENC airports add more than $1 billion to regional economy

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(Photo: Albert J. Ellis Airport)
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North Carolina's 72 publicly owned airports contribute more than $72 billion to the state's economy each year – 11% of the state's gross domestic product – and support nearly 333,000 jobs.

North Carolina's 72 publicly owned airports contribute more than $72 billion to the state's economy each year – 11% of the state's gross domestic product – and support nearly 333,000 jobs.

A report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation shows those jobs also provide nearly $23 billion in personal income and contribute $3.7 billion in state and local tax revenues every year.

In eastern North Carolina, Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville supported 3,410 job with more than $228 million in personal income and over $35 million in state and local taxes; the airport’s total economic input was more than $700 million.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern supported 2,465 jobs in 2021, adding up to more than $166 million in personal income and nearly $27 million in state and local taxes -- for a total economic output of more than $500 million.

The Pitt-Greenville Airport supported 1,225 jobs last year with more than $84 million dollars in personal income, more than $14 million in state and local taxes and an overall economic output of nearly $267 million.

Full report: https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/aviation/Documents/state-of-aviation.pdf