By Lindsey Elliott
Aviation makes up nearly 8.5 percent of the economy, a driving economic engine for the state
“Without aircraft manufacturing, aviation in
The state’s 140 airports employ 47,000 people and all the people that ride those flights produce $10.4 billion for the
The findings are from the Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study, which the Kansas Department of Transportation conducted to see what effect airports have on the state. While the numbers look good, they could be better.
“As we all know, the aviation industry in
Although some places are thriving.
Something state officials didn’t even expect.
“You know, I’ll be honest, I’m surprised,” KDOT Secretary Deb Miller said. “I just wondered, would it be able to survive and not only has it survived, it’s thrived and they’re adding round trips to
MHK had planned on taking away a flight to Dallas Fort Worth when the
However the study finds airports are still lacking. The long term plan calls for all airports to have a security plan. Right now, only 23 percent do.
Another concern for the state’s long term plan is funding. The study estimates $665 million will be needed to improve airports over the next 20 years, but based on the money coming from state and federal grants in 2009,
Source: KTKA-TV (KS)