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Economic Impact of Aviation

The presence of a high-quality network of publicly accessible airports supporting general aviation activities in Texas has never been more important to the state's economy. Business and flight support activities at these airports generate billions of dollars in economic activity, create jobs, and improve business operating efficiencies that help Texas to recruit and retain some of the nations best companies.

In 2011, TxDOT undertook a study of the impact and relationship of airports in Texas with the statewide economy. We found that Texas General Aviation Airports provide more than 56,000 jobs, with 3.1 billion in payroll and 14.6 billion in total economic output. When combined with Commercial Service Airports, aviation in Texas contributed to more than 771,000 jobs, 23.2 billion in payroll and 59.5 billion in total economic output.

The reports below offer an excellent foundation for local communities to promote, support and maintain local aviation facilities.

  • Technical Report - A detailed description of the methodology used and how it was applied to identify and quantify the economic impacts to the State and local economies resulting from the daily operation of the Texas airport system.
  • Executive Summary - A summary of the total economic impacts to the State and local economies resulting from the daily operation of the Texas airport system.
  • Individual Airport Brochures - Information is also available about the economic impact of individual airports.