Fayetteville Airport contributes $813 million, 3,685 jobs to local economy

By Staff Report, posted 3 weeks ago
Photo courtesy of Fayetteville Regional Airport

According to a report recently released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, North Carolina’s 72 publicly owned airports contribute more than $72 billion to the state’s economy each year – 11 percent of the state’s gross domestic product – and support nearly 333,000 jobs, 

One of the 72 airports driving economic growth is the Fayetteville Regional Airport. 

According to the recent report published by the NCDOT, Fayetteville’s airport contributed to the economy in the following ways:

  • 3,685 jobs supported
  • $38.6 million in tax revenue
  • $258 million in personal income
  • Population of 120,000 within 30 minutes of the airport
  • 34,695 operations annually
  • 52 based aircrafts
  • $813 million economic impact

“North Carolina’s aviation system continues driving the economy by connecting people, companies and communities to markets and destinations worldwide,” said Bobby Walston, director of NCDOT’s Division of Aviation, in a press release. 

The report, North Carolina: The State of Aviation, highlights the economic impacts of the state’s public airports and related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy. NCDOT creates the report every two years to help guide future investment in aviation infrastructure and provide a tool for recruiting aviation and aerospace industry companies and investment.

The report contains data compiled and analyzed for NCDOT by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Impacts are calculated based on factors such as jobs supported by the airports and the businesses that rely on them, business and leisure travelers, and airport capital projects and operations. 

View the full report, including the breakdown of each individual airport’s contributions, at

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