Report: Airports have big economic impact on Louisville

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For many, the biggest impact Louisville International Airport has on you are the steady stream of planes flying over downtown. But a new report released Wednesday, shows the airport is helping the city in a big way.

The Regional Airport Authority found that Louisville International and Bowman Field helped generate more than 55,000 jobs in Kentuckiana last year. The report shows several companies have located in Louisville because of its access to airport and UPS's global air hub to ship products. Those businesses include Ann Taylor, The Geek Squad and Zappo's.

In addition, GE will produce a new high efficiency water heater at Appliance Park which will create nearly 100 jobs. According to Joe Reagan, president of Greater Louisville INC, it is because of the expanding airport.

"That started as jobs that were going to go to China, but instead they are now here in Louisville. There is no way those jobs would be competitive here in Louisville if GE wasn't connected to the rest of the world right here from Louisville," said Reagan.

As far as passengers, more than 3.5 million people passed through Louisville International last year. The airport also handled more than 4-billion pounds of cargo.

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