The Georgia Department of Transportation recently released its 2020 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, which quantifies the economic impact of each of the state’s 103 publicly-owned, public-use airports. It contains some eye-popping numbers – airports support nearly 600,000 total jobs and total economic activity checks in at nearly $74 billion annually. Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson is naturally the biggest name, but others, like Bartow County’s Cartersville Airport, make a major impact locally. Cartersville Airport has an estimated annual economic impact of $113.8 million, much of it coming via its primary tenant, Phoenix Air, which recently won a 10-year, $500 million contract with the U.S. State Department for its work on a biocontainment system for its planes. It is one of the few companies qualified to transport people with contagious diseases such as Ebola or COVID-19. As for commercial flights it draws about 22,000 passengers per year, with top destinations including Atlanta, Augusta, and Brunswick.
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