Industry Impact Honored on National Aviation Day
Airports, sure, you may just think of them as starting point to get you to and from a destination, but the impact and the role of airports is enormous. Did you know that airports are the nationís second largest employer after Wal-mart? As major economic engines, they not only generate jobs, they connect people and businesses around the world. Want more information and fun facts about what airports do for the community? See a video from Airports Council International Ė North America.
Of course, airports wouldnít have the impact they do if it hadnít been for the development of aviation. From its very modest beginnings of the first successful flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 to the development of the Airbus 380s and Boeing Dreamliners of today, aviation has come along way. And, recognizing the importance of aviation to the economy and nation, President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 declared that August 19th shall be deemed National Aviation Day. Recognized year after year, the day is a chance to look back and honor the achievements and impact aviation has made on our nation.
Phoenix Sky Harborís rich history begins in 1928 with first flights by Scenic Airways. By 1935, the city of Phoenix had purchased the airport. Over the years, the airport has expanded to three terminals and has added a variety of amenities. Early next year, the newest development, the PHX Sky Trainô will transport travelers from the METRO light rail to Terminal 4, providing yet another important connection to the community.
The economic impact of the stateís largest airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor, is far-reaching. More than 33,000 employees work at the Airport, and there is an estimated $8.2 billion direct impact from Sky Harbor. Last year, more than 40 million passengers passed through Sky Harbor.
The role of airports and the aviation industry in the economy and our lives is important. Aviation Day gives us the perfect opportunity to take a look at aviationís accomplishments and the role it plays.
Published: August 14, 2012