Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Alaska


Alaska is unique in its almost total dependence on general aviation. According to the 2019 Economic Contribution of the Aviation Industry to Alaska’s Economy study, the aviation industry generated nearly $3.8 billion in economic activity throughout Alaska’s airport system.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, there are nearly 400 public-use general aviation airports across the state, and 82% of Alaska’s communities are not connected to the road system. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities owns and operates 239 airports statewide, and, according to the FAA, these facilities are home to 8,796 registered aircraft and 8,300 pilots.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2019 Economic Contribution of the Aviation Industry to Alaska’s Economy study, Alaska’s aviation industry generated nearly $3.8 billion in economy activity in 2017.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, Alaska’s airports contributed more than 35,000 jobs to the state economy in 2017, or about 7.8% of total state employment.

According to the FAA, Alaska is home to 46 repair stations, 3 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,748 student pilots and 1,449 flight instructors. The AC-U-KWIK database has 51 fixed-base operators registered in Alaska. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 101 heliports in the state.

According to the University Aviation Association, there is a flight department at the University of Alaska – Anchorage.

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    Across the United States, governors and mayors from all 50 states have signed proclamations recognizing the importance of aviation industry. See what has passed in Alaska, choose from the list below.

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