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Kansas airports add billions of dollars to state economy, report says

August 25, 2010, 11:38 a.m. Updated August 25, 2010, 1:15 p.m.

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— Kansas airports support more than 47,000 jobs, generate $2.3 billion per year in payroll and produce $10.4 billion in economic activity, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Lt. Gov. Troy Findley speaks Wednesday during an event at Topeka's Philip Billard Municipal Airpot. The state released a report that said Kansas airports employed 47,000 people with a payroll of $2.3 billion and economic activity of $10.4 billion.

Lt. Gov. Troy Findley speaks Wednesday during an event at Topeka's Philip Billard Municipal Airpot. The state released a report that said Kansas airports employed 47,000 people with a payroll of $2.3 billion and economic activity of $10.4 billion.

The $337,000 study -- funded mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration -- assessed the impact of the state’s 132 general aviation airports and eight commercial airports.

“Whether moving goods, providing emergency assistance or connecting our communities, airports play a critical role in the Kansas economy,” said Lt. Gov. Troy Findley.

Lawrence Municipal Airport employs 96 people with a payroll of nearly $3.6 million per year, producing an annual economic output of $10.7 million, the report said.

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said the study will enable officials to better plan for future airport needs.

The new state transportation plan includes $3 million per year for airport improvements, which will increase to $5 million per year in 2013.

On Wednesday, KDOT also announced 25 airport grants worth $1.3 million. In northeast Kansas, airports in Atchison, Sabetha and Topeka received funds for facility improvements.

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

I thought I saw a sound bite on the news years ago of him saying it. But memories fade..............

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overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Remember the old days when we were impressed with just millions? What's with all these Billions of dollars floating around, anyway? As someone said, pretty soon we're gonna be talking real money here.

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consumer1 3 years, 7 months ago

Those numbers indicate the taxes levied should be astronomical. So, what are the tax estimates these airports generate?

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