Onslow County airport impact on economy reaches new heights

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation biannual economic report revealed how much Albert Ellis Airport impacted state and local economies.

The DOT says the Onslow County airport contributed $707,470,000 to the economy, and $228 million of that was from payroll alone.

NC State University Institute of Transportation Research and Education study based on 2021 data shows that over 11% of North Carolina’s economy is tied to airports and the businesses that use them.

Albert Ellis has been serving Eastern North Carolina since February 1971.

To view the full North Carolina State of Aviation report, including the breakdown of each individual airport’s contributions, at www.ncdot.gov/aviation.