Aviation in North Carolina contributes about $26 billion to the state's economy, or 6% of the state's gross domestic product, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation.

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University studied the state's nine commercial service airports and 63 general aviation airports. The facilities support about 108,850 jobs and bring in $771 million in direct government revenue, the study found.

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