The ADOT Aeronautics Group in collaboration with IHS Markit and Kimley-Horn have completed the 2021 Arizona Aviation Economic Impact Study (2021 Arizona AEIS). This study quantified the size and scope of the impacts generated by Arizona’s 67 publicly owned, public-use airports; the aerospace manufacturing and research industry; and 10 principal military installations with an aviation-related mission component on the Arizona economy (2019 study year). The analysis found that these three study components contributed $121.4B in economic activity (output) and supported 575,826 jobs for Arizona workers in 2019 - demonstrating that continued investment into aviation is vital for the ongoing strength, diversity, and vitality of our state.
Arizona airports specifically contributed $59.4B in economic activity to the state economy—nearly double the impact calculated during the previous Arizona AEIS in 2012. The economic impact of airports far exceeds state investment via the State Aviation Fund, the primary state mechanism for funding the preservation and expansion of Arizona airports. Continued support for airports is not only fundamental to ensuring they remain safe, advanced, and responsive to growing demands over time, but also a wise investment into Arizona’s future.