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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Maine

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

According to a 2006 Merge Global Study, general aviation generates $521 million in economic activity annually. Maine’s 30 publicly-owned general aviation airports directly employ over 1,500 people with an annual payroll of $39.4 million. 15% of Maine residents either own, lease, charter, rent, or have fractional ownership of a general aviation aircraft.

AVIATION BY THE NUMBERS

Maine is home to 50 airports, 36 of which are publicly-owned, serving 2,598 pilots and 1,347 general aviation aircraft. Annually, more than 130,000 visitors to Maine arrive via general aviation aircraft.

NUMBER OF JOBS

General aviation supports 1,532 jobs at the state’s 30 general aviation airports, with a combined payroll of $39.4 million.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

According to a 2006 Merge Global Study, the economic impact of general aviation in the state of Maine is $521 million annually. According to a report by the Maine Department of Transportation, the total economic impact of publicly owned commercial and general aviation airports in Maine is $1.5 billion. The total economic impact of these airports comprises 3.3% of Maine’s estimated GSP (Gross State Product).

Part of the boost to the Maine economy comes from tourism. More than 130,000 visitors to Maine arrive via general aviation aircraft each year.

Maine is home to 23 charter flight companies, 12 repair stations, 1 fractional provider, and 1 flight school operating 11 aircraft and providing 9 jobs. In addition, there are 23 fixed-based operators in the state.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“I view the airport (Belfast Municipal Airport) as another gateway to Belfast, kind of like the harbor. An airport can be a revenue generator for the city.” - Thomas Kittredge, Belfast Economic Development director and airport manager (“Benefits of Maine’s small airports come with high federal costs,” Bangor Daily News, October 22, 2012)

LINKS TO OTHER STUDIES

“I view the airport (Belfast Municipal Airport) as another gateway to Belfast, kind of like the harbor. An airport can be a revenue generator for the city.” - Thomas Kittredge, Belfast Economic Development director and airport manager (“Benefits of Maine’s small airports come with high federal costs,” Bangor Daily News, October 22, 2012)

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