April 4, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
General aviation activity in the state of Maryland created $358.5 million in personal income and $550.7 million in business sales between 2011 and 2012, according to a new report, “Economic Impact of Airports,” from the Maryland Aviation Administration. GA also created 6,274 jobs during the period.
Total aviation activity at Maryland’s 35 airports in 2011-2012 included 102,474 direct, induced, and indirect jobs; $4 billion in personal wages and salaries; $6.2 billion in business revenue; $500 million in state and local taxes; and $2.2 billion in local purchases for supplies and services.
GA airports in the state created 3,282 direct jobs, 1,331 jobs supported by the airport, and 1,661 indirect jobs. Of the personal income created by airports, $146.4 million was in direct wages, $133.7 million was induced income, and $78.4 million was indirect income. GA airports also generated $35.9 million in state and local taxes.
Baltimore’s Martin State Airport led the pack for GA airports, creating 1,971 jobs, $107.9 million in personal income, and $52.4 million in local purchases. Frederick Municipal Airport, AOPA’s home airport, was third on the list, bringing in 1,286 jobs, $73.2 million in personal income, and $50.5 million in local purchases.