The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently published a new report analyzing the impact of general aviation on state and local economies across the country.
[Above image by AASHTO]
That new report – officially entitled “The Impact of General Aviation on State and Local Economies—State Reports 2023” – is a joint effort between AASHTO, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, and the National Association of State Aviation Officials.
The report is envisioned as a communication resource to help illustrate the important role general aviation serves in state and local communities, as well as within the nation’s economy. Key general aviation data detailed in this report includes:
- S. general aviation supports more than 1.1 million jobs and contributes to more than $246 billion in economic activity annually.
- There are over 4,800 public use airports in the U.S. that can be accessed by general aviation.
- S&P 500 companies that use business aviation outperform those that do not by 70 percent.
“General aviation is a lifeline to vital products, supplies, and services for thousands of communities across the United States, a crucial part of our national infrastructure, and a major economic driver,” AASHTO noted.
The organization said this report considers the latest general aviation economic data, the key issues that general aviation supports, and emerging aviation technologies which, increasingly, interact with general aviation.