A new study shows the state’s public airport system generates 18-billion dollars a year in economic activity. When you break it down, Greater Minnesota brings in 1.6 billion dollars. Cassandra Isackson iS MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics director:

“When you are in a smaller community, many of the communities that own airports in Minnesota are cities that have a population of less than five-thousand people. So if the airport is providing you know, a handful of jobs, those are really important to those communities — really valuable assets.”

The 126 airports in Greater Minnesota support more than 13-thousand jobs and generate 570-million dollars in payroll. The seven Metropolitan Airport Commission airports, including M-S-P, support more than 80-thousand jobs and over three-point-nine billion in annual payroll.