Airport Again 2nd in State for Economic Impact

(Dobson, N.C.) – Mount Airy/Surry County Airport has again been recognized for its tremendous economic impact on the community. According to just released data from an NC State University study, the airport ranks second among general aviation airports in the state in three of four economic rankings.

Mount Airy/Surry County Airport ranked second highest in:

  • Economic output at $691,050,000
  • State and local tax revenue at $22,716,000
  • Personal income at $129,390,000.

The economic engine ranked only behind Winston-Salem’s Smith-Reynolds Airport in the three categories.

The local airport ranked third in jobs supported at 2,545, also behind Smith-Reynolds, and Elizabeth City’s airport, which supports a Coast Guard air station.

Mount Airy/Surry County Airport also ranked second in the state for economic impact based off previous data. Numbers in both recent studies were generated from the latest analyses of the economic impacts of North Carolina’s public airports, conducted by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education.

“The just released data proves again that Mount Airy/Surry County Airport is vital to the local economy,” Airport Manager George Crater said. “The repeated rankings also show that our local airport is consistently a general aviation leader in the state. The economic impact data has been crucial to our recent success in receiving a significant amount of funding to pay for our corporate development and expansion projects.”

The economic impact data and the 2021 State of Aviation biennial report are available on the Mount Airy/Surry County Airport website at by clicking on “Read Airport Economic Impact Numbers” in the middle of the homepage.

Date: January 4, 2021