Airport Economic Impact Calculator

IMPORTANT NEWS - MNDOT is in the process of updating the economic impact calculator.  Check the Latest News on the main page of the website to find out more about its release and upcoming training workshops.  This page will be updated once MnDOT releases the new calculator and the training workshops have been completed.  

In 2005, the Minnesota Department of Transportation MN/DOT Office of Aeronautics sponsored a research project on the economic impacts of airports.  This project resulted in a web based economic calculator that can be used to identify the economic impact of individual airports.

The Value of Aviation in Minnesota – General Aviation is defined as all flights other than military and scheduled airlines.        

  • General Aviation contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs more than 1,265,000 people.
  • General Aviation has a $12.2 billion impact on the State of Minnesota through its network of 135 public airports.
  • General Aviation has created 164,900 jobs in Minnesota, and provides more than $6.5billion in labor income annually.
  • In the U.S., General Aviation aircraft fly almost 24 million hours and carry 166 million passengers annually.
  • There are nearly 4,000 paved General Aviation airports open to the public in the U.S. By contrast, scheduled airlines serve fewer than 500 airports.
  • Over two-thirds of all the hours flown by General Aviation aircraft are for business purposes and General Aviation is the primary training ground for most commercial airline pilots.