New Study Says Duluth International Airport Contributes $760 Million to Local Economy

Updated: February 26, 2020 06:45 PM

A recent study by The Minnesota Department of Transportation says public airports like Duluth International Airport are significant contributors to statewide and local economies.


This comes after the department of transportation released the Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. Duluth International Airport generates $760.6 million in annual economic activity. 

"Aviation continues to represent a major economic engine in this region,” said Tom Werner, Executive Director of DLH. “In addition supporting travel and tourism, the airport provides a significant contribution to the region’s overall economic health by creating jobs and generating income that flows back into our community.”

Other findings of the study show DLH also has the following economic contributions:

- Provides economic efficiencies that bring competitive advantages that help local businesses create jobs that support local economies

-Support more than 6,230 jobs and more than $277.3 million in annual payroll

-Generates $483.3 million in annual spending, and $32.9 million in state and local tax revenue

The study was commissioned by MnDOT in 2019 to measure the annual economic impact provided by 126 of Minnesota’s 133 public airports, most of them located in Greater Minnesota.

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