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For Immediate Release: 12/20/2011
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Patrick-Murray Administration Highlights Economic Impact of Worcester Airport

Comprehensive study: airports support 124,000 jobs statewide

BOSTON - The Patrick-Murray Administration has announced the results of a comprehensive statewide airport economic impact study that finds Massachusetts public airports generate $11.9 billion in economic activity and support approximately 124,000 jobs.   Regionally, the Worcester Regional Airport generates $51.4 million for the area economy, supporting 418 jobs.

“The Commonwealth’s airports create jobs, economic development and transportation options,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “A strong regional economy depends on our investments in infrastructure, including facilities like the Worcester Regional Airport.”

The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study completed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration measured the total economic impact of the 39 public-use airports in Massachusetts, including Boston Logan International Airport. The airports’ $11.9 billion in economic activity and 124,000 related jobs reflects commercial airline service, military aviation, emergency law enforcement and medical transport activity and general aviation.   

Along with the release of the study, Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed the month of November as "General Aviation Month."

“The Worcester Regional Airport is an expanding economic engine for the area with increased commercial air traffic, creating jobs directly while making many more jobs possible in the private sector,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, who is also chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. Massport has operated Worcester for the last decade and took ownership of the facility from the City of Worcester in 2010.

“The economic impact study confirms what the aviation community statewide understands about the vital role our airports play in providing safe transportation for commerce, military, and recreational users,” said Christopher Willenborg, MassDOT Aeronautics Division administrator.  

“Worcester Regional Airport has seen increased commercial passenger service in the last three years and we expect general aviation and corporate aviation to grow in the future,’’ said Airport Director Andy Davis

In addition to federal and local investments, the MassDOT Board of Directors in the past two years has approved additional infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth's airports, including a $13.4 million grant for runway extension and safety at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and $13.1 million toward a new terminal building at Barnstable Municipal Airport, in addition to annual ongoing airport maintenance improvement projects statewide.  

The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study executive summary is available on this Website.

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