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Wisconsin’s economy gets a big lift from aviation

July 28, 2014

Governor Walker proclaims July 28 to August 3 Aviation Week

Wisconsin’s airport system links Wisconsin businesses and residents to the rest of the nation and the world. Whether a business is looking to open, expand or locate in Wisconsin, easy access to both commercial service and general aviation airports is a huge consideration. Just-in-time manufacturing processes rely on just-in-time shipping. Wisconsin’s 98 public-use airports help keep our businesses competitive in the global economy.

The numbers tell the story:

  • Wisconsin airports and their associated activities are assets to the communities they serve, annually generating approximately $7 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 90,900 jobs, which provide $3.5 billion in personal income to Wisconsin residents.
  • Between 1997 and 2001, 85 percent of all new and expanded manufacturing firms located within 15 miles of one of the state's jet-capable airports.
  • In 2013, 4.4 million people boarded commercial flights in Wisconsin. In addition, more than 118 million pounds of cargo were transported by air last year.
  • Wisconsin is home to one of the world's largest aviation events, the EAA's AirVenture. This event, which in 2014 is July 28 to August 3, attracts more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from more than 60 countries, and brings tens of millions of dollars into the Wisconsin economy.

Governor Walker’s Aviation Week Proclamation is available online. Learn more about Wisconsin aviation by visiting WisDOT’s website.

For more information, contact:
Patty Mayers, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-7917,

 Laurel Cavalluzzo, TDA Marketing Manager
(608) 663-9867,



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