Airports not only provide an important transportation infrastructure that facilitates the spacial movement of people and cargo; they also serve as major economic engines. The provision and use of aviation services at airports, as well as capital outlays, support a variety of economic activities that generate business revenues, jobs and income. The economic contributions of airports extend beyond their immediate vicinity, spreading throughout the entire state and beyond.
Results from a recent economic impact study of the State of Louisiana's 56 NPIAS airports undertaken by the Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates concluded that the economic impacts of the Lake Charles Regional Airport are as follows:
Employment (jobs) 1,698
Earnings (2006) $45,134,000
Output (2006) $170,920,000
Value Added (2006) $96,605,000
Source:The Economic Impact of Louisiana Airports Included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, UCG Associates, Inc. April 29, 2009