The N.C. Department of Transportation's network of 72 publicly owned airports
, and the aviation and aerospace assets that rely on them, help move North Carolina's economy forward by creating jobs, supporting business growth and connecting people and companies to markets around the globe. North Carolina’s public airports annually contribute $52 billion to the state’s economy, supporting 307,000 jobs that generate $12.6 billion in personal income and $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues.
Aerospace giants Boeing, Cessna, GE Aviation, Honda Aircraft, Lockheed Martin and Spirit Aerospace Systems call North Carolina home, choosing it for its connectivity, skilled workforce and business-friendly environment.
North Carolina boasts the nation’s second fastest-growing aerospace manufacturing sector, with strong aerospace maintenance and military aviation enterprises, 14 commercial airline operators and 26 air freight companies. North Carolina is at the forefront of innovations catalyzing the growth of an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) economy.North Carolina: The State of Aviation
highlights the significant economic impacts generated by the state's public airports and the many assets that support a vibrant and competitive aviation and aerospace sector. Both make North Carolina an ideal location to start, grow and locate an aerospace or aviation-related business.
Learn about the many ways North Carolina is the state of aviation and be a part as aviation and aerospace innovation soar to new heights.