Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN) contributed around $7.4bn to the economy of southern Arizona last year, according to a study by Tucson Airport Authority.
The study, which was conducted by Elliott D Pollack & Company for Tucson Airport Authority, points out that both airports supported 43,062 jobs and paid nearly $2.3bn in salaries.
Tucson Airport Authority manages both Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN).
Elliott D Pollack and company chief operating officer and economist Jill Welch said that the study also highlights the importance of the airports in attracting and retaining high-quality jobs and industries to the region.
Tucson Airport Authority president and CEO Bonnie Allin said: “As the region’s major commercial airport, most people know what a valuable asset Tucson International Airport is when it comes to travel to and from southern Arizona.
“This study takes it a step further quantifying how tightly interconnected TAA’s airports are as economic engines that benefit us all in many ways.”
Based on 2017 surveys of airport business tenants and air travellers, the study shows the significant economic impact to the region and the fiscal impact for governments.
The study shows that direct operations of the airports and its tenants created 16,180 jobs, with wages and benefits totalling $1.3bn, in addition to an economic impact of $4.5bn.
Spending by visitors who arrived at TUS generated a further 8,774 direct jobs with $241.7m in wages and benefits.
The City of Tucson received $36m in tax revenues from businesses and employees of TAA, airport tenants and tourist spending, representing 3.7% of the city’s operating expenditures.