General aviation in New Mexico provides residents and businesses with much more than a direct, efficient link to the world. New Mexico 9s 61 public-use airports also: Æ Create m ore than 49,000 jobs Æ Generate $1.0 billion in payroll Æ Produce $2.3 billion in econom ic ... activity Support critical services and vital business links including medical care, agriculture, recreation, law enforce- m ent, environm ental analysis and tourism Nearly 2,150 general aviation (GA) aircraft, ranging from small recreational aircraft to sophisticated business jets, are based at airports throughout New Mexico.
More than 40% of all operations in the state are attributable to New Mexico 9s 50 GA airports. Many non-aviation businesses in New Mexico depend on the airport system to move personnel, equipment, and products. GA airports serve as a gateway for their communities.
Impacts directly associated with the $12.9 million in spending by visitors using general aviation create more than 470 jobs with more than $8.2 million in payroll. When the multiplier impacts are added, GA airports contribute 1,736 jobs, $39.8 million in payroll, and $103.9 million in economic activity. New Mexico 9s network of 11 commercial airports provides access to intrastate air service, as well as connections to ... more. less.
regional, national, and international air service.<br><br> In 2002, more than 3.1 million passengers used the state 9s system of commercial airports. In addition, the 11 New Mexico commercial airports are home to a wide variety of business and government entities. On-airport activities range from airlines that transport passengers and cargo, to the airport operator who manages and maintains the facilities, to concessions such as restaurants, rental cars,and retail shops.<br><br> Gov- ernment agencies and activities that operate from New Mexico 9s airports include the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Customs, state and local police, and forest fire fighting services. Throughout the state in 2002, on the 11 airports with commercial service, there were: Æ Æ Æ Æ Æ 4,580 full-tim e jobs, Æ Æ Æ Æ Æ generating a payroll of $152.4 m illion Aviation also benefits New Mexico tourism.<br><br> According to a 2003 Forward Analytics study, the direct economic impact of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was $97,152,045. Æ Com m ercial Aviation Com m ercial Aviation General Aviation General Aviation Military Aviation Military Aviation Economic Impact of Aviation in New Mexico General 49,099 $1,043,995,100 $42,293,432,700 Military 45,625 $1,109,299,000 $2,421,782,200 Value Added 54,009 $1,558,710,500 $3,616,816,300 Employment Payroll Output New Mexico 9s geography and climate, including its relative isolation, year-round good weather, and open airspace have made the state an ideal site for military activities. Aviation related military bases in New Mexico, (Cannon, Holloman, Kirtland and White Sands Missile Range) generate billions of dollars in economic activity and create thousands of jobs.<br><br> Military activities in the state: Æ Create more than 45,600 jobs Æ Æ Æ Æ Æ Generate $1.1 billion in payroll Æ Æ Æ Æ Æ Produce $2.4 billion in economic activity Benefits of New Mexico 9s airport system are expressed as jobs, payroll, and output (a measure of annual economic activity or spending). General aviation, military aviation and value added impacts to New Mexico are estimated at 148,000 jobs with a payroll of nearly $3.7 billion. Economic output associated with general aviation, military impacts, and value added impacts is approximately $8.3 billion.<br><br> Source: Wilber Smith Associates, DOD and IMPLAN New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught Aviation Division Director John D. cMike d Rice NMDOT Aviation Division 1550 Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 Santa Fe Phone: (505)476-0930 Fax: (505)476-0942 Email: Mike.Rice@nmshtd.state.nm.us http://www.nmshtd.state.nm.us/general/depts/ aviation/default.asp 2003 Economic Impact of Aviation in New Mexico Fly New Mexico! NMDOT Aviation Division New Mexico 9s 61 public-use airports are a major catalyst to the state 9s growing economy.<br><br> In 2002, the economic value of aviation to the state was estimated at $2.3 billion. Airport I m provem ent Projects Airport I m provem ent Projects On-airport businesses and government agencies including airlines, flight schools, airport sponsors, and the Federal Aviation Administration are responsible for thousands of jobs and extensive capital projects at airports throughout New Mexico. Annual Number of Airport Improvement Projects 44 54 49 43 50 0 100 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Fiscal Year Fiscal Year Data The average size of each airport project increased as the number of airport improvement projects decreased over the past five years.<br><br> Value of Airport Improvement Projects $0.00 $5.00 $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 $25.00 Millions Local $0.50 $1.50 $0.69 $1.01 $0.80 State $0.82 $1.30 $1.29 $1.30 $1.19 Federal $1.94 $17.29 $5.99 $16.76 $14.34 Total $3.26 $20.09 $7.97 $19.07 $16.33 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Increased funding by New Mexico for airport improvements proportionally increases the amount of funds available from the Federal Government.