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2012 Aviation Economic Impact Study

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*2018 UPDATE*
WSDOT Aviation has chosen consulting firm Kimley-Horn to develop a new statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study for the Washington Aviation System starting October 2018, with completion tentatively scheduled for February 2020. More information and updates to come.

Airports provide an essential link to the nation's air space, commerce, and emergency services and are an important part of Washington State's transportation system and economy. Washington has 138 public airports in 37 of its 39 counties.  Each airport fulfills a particular role in supporting community economic and transportation needs.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division, with the support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an economic impact study to:

  • Measure the economic impacts of each public-use airport in Washington.
  • Assess the economic value that airports create for communities.
  • Show airports and the state aviation system contribute to the state's economy and economic competitiveness.

Washington Aviation System Plan, 2012 Economic Impact Study Final Report – Released March 30, 2012:

For the full report, please email