The analysis by Cincinnati-based CDM Smith was prepared for Airports Council International-North America and based on the 2010 contributions of 490 commercial airports around the country. It found that Nevada’s airports generated a combined $40.5 billion in economic activity, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
The state’s five commercial airports provided 313,640 jobs and had an annual payroll of $11.8 billion. In addition, airports multiply a community’s economic output, particularly at a facility like McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, the report said.
McCarran stands out because it has more airlines than most other airports, more employees to handle lots of customers and serves a tourism economy that includes hundreds of jobs spun off from its operations.
California airports produced the most economic output in 2010, at $158 billion. That state’s 29 airports provided 1.4 million jobs with an annual payroll of $47.1 billion.
Nevada placed ninth among the 50 states, but on average, Nevada’s airports produced economic output of $8.1 billion per airport, second only to Georgia, which has nine airports that produced $8.9 billion per airport on average. Georgia is home to the nation’s busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
“This analysis confirms that America’s airports are economic hubs that drive our local, state and national economies, both inside and outside the airport fence line,” said Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America. “Airports are bright spots in a time of economic uncertainty, especially for the 10.5 million American workers who depend on airports for good jobs...”
The five Nevada airports included in the study were McCarran, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, Elko Regional Airport and Boulder City Municipal Airport.