WASHINGTON, Beaufort County — The Washington-Warren Airport in Washington isn’t the biggest in Eastern North Carolina. But it’s impact is right up there.
It supports 180 jobs and poured more than $22 million into Beaufort County, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. And it’s only supposed to get better.
Earl Malpass, the airport’s manager, said people fly in, go out for a bite to eat or stay the night and then leave. That means hotels, restaurants and attractions benefit from the airport’s presence. The airport also is a big impact for the public school system and the county’s sheriff deputies.
The $22 million is up almost $6 million since the 2016 NCDOT aviation study. The report states the airport also generated almost $870,000 in state and local tax revenues.
“When you see the young folks come out for Right Flight and they’re taking airport rides, that’s encouraging,” Malpass. “When we have the Inner Banks STEM program center right next door. When they have the activities with the flight simulator, all of the activities they have going on, that’s encouraging. So it’s a privilege to be able to work for this community.”
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