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$10.2 billion economic impact generated from Detroit Metro Airport

estimated how DTW impacts the economies of Michigan and the Southeastern Michigan Air Trade Area by measuring revenues, incomes and jobs. The group surveyed more than

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) generates more than 86,000 jobs and about $10.2 billion in total economic impact throughout Michigan, according to a study released today by University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Wayne County Airport Authority. Lee Redding, associate professor of business economics at UM-Dearborn, along with students and staff from iLabs, the university’s center for innovation research,

1,600 passengers traveling through the airport in July and August 2013. “The airport’s economic impact

extends far beyond Detroit,” Redding said. “Detroit Metro Airport connects us to the world. More than 600,000 people rely on the airport to purchase and sell Michigan products, which ultimately benefits the state’s economy.” Research findings include:

• DTW annually serves approximately Private operator ACR takes over

towers at five Swedish airports The deregulation of air traffic services (ATS) at Swedish airports has resulted in ACR Aviation Capacity Resources operating the control towers at nine of the country’s 36 airports. ACR took over the towers at the airports in Kalmar, Jönköping, Norrköping, Karlstad and Skellefteå on January 1. Since 2010 when the new Swedish

Civil Aviation Act came into force the airport owners have the opportunity to procure the local air traffic services. Earlier the state owned operator LFV

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had a monopoly on this business. The deregulation has meant cost savings of up to 30 % for the airports that procured the services from ACR. This also applies to airports who have gone through the procurement process but then chosen not to change their supplier. “The savings from competitive bidding

may be crucial for smaller and medium sized airports survival. This is extremely important as regional Swedish airports are a significant feature of Swedish enterprise”, says Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, CEO at ACR.

32 million passengers, including 3.1 million business and pleasure travelers who stay in Michigan, thus benefiting the state’s economy.

Visitors to metropolitan Detroit annually spend about $1.7 billion after arriving through DTW, which has a total economic impact on the area of $3.2 billion.

Visitors to Michigan annually spend about $2.7 billion after utilizing DTW as their gateway to Michigan, which has a $4.9 billion impact on the state’s economy.

Air transportation creates an economic impact that exceeds $5 billion for Michigan, with $1.7 billion in earnings that support more than 35,000 jobs

• About 660,000 people travel through DTW to arrange the purchase or sale of Michigan products or services.

• For the ten-county area around Detroit, there is a total economic impact of more than $8 billion, which supports more than 72,000 jobs.

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