Study: Midstate airports have $1.1B economic impact

Central Pennsylvania’s largest commercial and general aviation airports contributed nearly $1.1 billion to the local and state economies in 2010, according to a recent PennDOT study.

Harrisburg International Airport in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County, contributes the majority of the impact, according to the study. HIA alone had an impact of about $947 million last year and employed 11,627 people.

Lancaster Airport in Manheim Township adds $76.4 million to the economy and employed 657 people.

Capital City Airport and York Airport, the midstate’s two largest general aviation airports, contribute more than $61.5 million to the economy. Capital City in Fairview Township, York County, is owned by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, HIA’s owner. York Airport is in Jackson Township.

The four airports employed 12,659 people and had payrolls of more than $398 million last year, according to the study.

Jim T. Ryan

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