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Economic Impacts of Alaska Airports


ANCHORAGE, Alaska -For Alaska, aviation is a vital link for access and commerce. Alaska's commercial and general aviation airports are major economic catalysts and rural airports provide economic opportunities. Airports in Alaska are responsible for generating billions of dollars in economic benefit and supporting thousands of jobs.

A new report 2011 Economic and Community Contributions of Selected Alaska Airports conducted by Northern Economics studies the economic and community significance of 12 airports across Alaska: Fairbanks, Bethel, Deadhorse, Juneau, Wasilla, Kodiak, Iliamna, Hooper Bay, Eek, Kotzebue, Haines and Talkeetna. The study explores the number of direct and indirect jobs attributable to the larger airports, the total expenditures associated with these jobs, and the value of passenger, freight, and mail movement through these airports.

Fairbanks International Airport is Alaska's second busiest airport serving as a hub for more than 50 communities in Interior and Northern Alaska that rely upon air freight, mail, and commuter services. The airport is also an economic engine with 1 in 20 jobs attributed to the airport and total expenditures of $261 million including wages, capital and other operating expenditures.

Bethel Airport is the state's second busiest cargo airport serving 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 1 in 14 jobs are attributed to the airport, which is especially significant considering Bethel has one of the state's highest unemployment rates.

The economic contribution of the aviation industry to Alaska's economy is huge.

  • ·         47,000 jobs or 10% of all jobs in Alaska
  • ·         $3.5 billion to the state economy
  • ·         82% of all Alaskan communities are only accessible by air

Information on all selected airports and other related reports is available on the Alaska Aviation System Plan website at www.alaskaasp.com

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

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