Johnston Regional Airport a Major Driver of Economic Activity
Johnston Regional Airport Contributes $210 Million and 1,100 Jobs to Johnston County
JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC – 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.
“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
“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.
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