Johnston Regional Airport A Major Driver Of Economic Activity

Johnston Regional Airport Contributes $210 Million and 1,100 Jobs to Johnston County

NC Senator Benton Sawrey speaks January 9, 2023 during the Johnston Regional Airport State of Aviation meeting.

JOHNSTON COUNTY – Johnston Regional Airport continues to be a major driver of economic activity and contributes $210,000,000 to the local economy and supports 1,100 direct and ancillary jobs according to a new report released by the NC Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation.

o $210,000,000 in economic output
o 1,100 jobs
o $74,170,000 in personal income
o $13,596,000 in state and local tax revenues

North Carolina’s 72 publicly owned airports contribute more than 72 billion to the state’s economy each year – 11% of the state’s gross domestic product, or total economic output – and support nearly 333,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation.

Rep. Donna White speaks January 9, 2023 during the Johnston Regional Airport State of Aviation meeting.

“The latest impact report provided by NCDOT shows the immense value that Johnston Regional Airport brings to our local and state economies. We are proud that Johnston Regional (JNX) is being recognized as a leading General Aviation Airport in NC, and with the ongoing support from our Legislators and NCDOT, we can continue down a path of sustainable and manageable growth,” said Ken Starling, Chairman of the Johnston County Airport Authority.

Airports and aviation-related jobs also provide nearly $23 billion in personal income and contribute $3.7 billion in state and local tax revenues every year, based on 2021 data provided by the airports and Federal Aviation Administration.

The report, North Carolina: The State of Aviation, highlights the economic impacts of the state’s public airports and related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy. NCDOT creates the report every two years to help guide future investment in aviation infrastructure and provide a tool for recruiting aviation and aerospace industry companies and investment.

Rep. Larry Strickland speaks January 9, 2023 during the Johnston Regional Airport State of Aviation meeting.

“The airport is a reflection of our region, and our region is growing faster than ever. It’s such a rewarding experience to positively affect the lives of so many people and its validating to see all the hard work and investment pay off for Johnston County,” said Casey Hayes, Customer Service Manager at Johnston Regional Airport.

North Carolina’s public airport system boasts 10 commercial service and 62 general aviation airports that connect local businesses and communities to global markets, house and refuel private aircraft, support military and agricultural aviation and statewide emergency response, and provide aviation services such as aerial photography and pilot training. The commercial service airports also offer regularly scheduled passenger service.

“As Johnston County continues to grow, we’ve seen sustained success in the small business, agriculture, tourism, industrial, and transportation sectors of our economy. The airport, in particular, has been an important asset that mirrors the prosperity and growth we’ve witnessed throughout the triangle. We are fortunate to have a resource like Johnston County Regional Airport in our community and we celebrate the private and public investment in JNX,” said Commissioner Butch Lawter, Chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.

County Commissioner Chairman Butch Lawter speaks January 9, 2023 during the Johnston Regional Airport State of Aviation meeting.

The report contains data compiled and analyzed for NCDOT by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Impacts are calculated based on factors such as jobs supported by the airports and the businesses that rely on them, business and leisure travelers, and airport capital projects and operations.

View the full report, including the breakdown of each individual airport’s contributions, at


  1. Another manipulation of the numbers to make it look better than it is. Heck we’re still paying for PNC arena that was supposed to be paid off over 10 years ago.

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