The Economic Impact of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 2013

May 25, 2013

In Summer 2013 iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research, worked with Detroit Metropolitan Airport to understand the direct and indirect impact of metro-Detroit's largest airport across the state and within the Detroit Metropolitan Air Trade Area.

In Summer 2013 iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research, worked with Detroit Metropolitan Airport to understand the direct and indirect impact of metro-Detroit's largest airport across the state and within the Detroit Metropolitan Air Trade Area. The project looked at the impact generated by the airport in several key categories: transportation, visitor, and capital improvements. Faculty and students surveyed 1,630 passengers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to understand more about visitor impact.

Economic Impact for the State of Michigan:

At the state level, Detroit Metropolitan Airport has an economic impact of $10.2 billion, supports 86,000 jobs, and generates $3 billion of income for Michigan residents. 

  Direct Spending Total Impact Earnings Impact Jobs Impact
Air Transportation Impact $2,582 $5,125 $1,669 35,640
Visitor Impact $2,674 $4,881 $1,367 47,784
Connector Impact $95 $193 $59 2,884
Total $5,351 $10,198 $3,095 86,308

Dollar amounts in millions

Economic Impact within the Detroit Metropolitan Air Trade Area:

Within the Detroit Metropolitan Air Trade Area, the Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a total economic impact of $8.5 billion, supports 72,000 jobs, and generates $2.6 billion of income and earnings to workers and business owners within the area in Michigan.

  Direct Spending Total Impact Earnings Impact Jobs Impact
Air Transportation Impact $2,582 $5,125 $1,669 35,640
Visitor Impact $1,719 $3,158 $893 33,674
Connector Impact $95 $193 $59 2,884
Total $4,396 $8,476 $2,621 72,198

Dollar amounts in millions

The full report is available for download:

Economic Impact of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 2013

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