Aviation Fast Facts


Florida Airport Fast Facts1

(Current as of February 16, 2017)

  • Florida is home to 128 public airports, 22of which have scheduled commercial air service.
  • More than 8.5% of Florida’s Gross State Product results from businesses dependent on aviation.
  • Florida is the only state in the U.S. with four large hub airports – Miami International, Orlando International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, and Tampa International.
  • Florida is tied with California and Texas for the number of general aviation airports classified as “National” assets (10 airports).
  • Florida's Commercial service airports accommodated nearly 169 million passengers in 2016.
  • In 2015, Florida ranked third in the nation with 78 million passenger boardings.
  • Florida commercial service airports accommodated more than 34.7 million international passengers in 2016, which is 20.6% of Florida’s total air passengers.
  • In 2016, slightly less than half (49.4% or 55.7 million) of Florida’s visitors arrived by air.  (VISIT FLORIDA, 2016 - preliminary and subject to change)
  • Florida is home to more than 6% of the nation’s entire general aviation fleet.
  • Florida ranks #1 nationally in certificates in the following pilot categories: students, sport, airline transport pilot, and flight instructors.
  • Florida airports account for more than $116.3 billion in annual economic output and support more than 1 million jobs with $33.4 billion in payroll.
  • Air cargo operations account for more than $10.3 billion in annual economic activity and support almost 130,000 jobs with $5 billion in annual payroll.
  • The total economic impact of all aviation activities in Florida is $144.0 billion annually, supporting 1.3 million jobs with an annual payroll of $44.5 billion.
  • Nationally, Florida ranks fourth in total air cargo tonnage, capturing an 11% market share of top ten air cargo states.

(1 Source: Florida Department of Transportation, Aviation Office.)

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