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Posted on: February 27, 2020

South St. Paul Airport Economic Impact

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New study shows South St. Paul Municipal Airport contributes $65,187,860 annually to local economy 


The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released the Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. The study shows that public airports like South St. Paul Municipal Airport are significant contributors to statewide and local economies.

We are excited to share the study results and pleased to see that Fleming Field continues to provide economic benefits to our community,” said Andrew Wall, airport manager. “The study shows Fleming Field supports $65,187,860 in total annual economic activity, while supporting local jobs.”

Other findings of the study show South St. Paul Municipal Airport also has the following economic contributions: 


  • Provides economic efficiencies that bring competitive advantages that help local businesses create jobs that support local economies
  • Generates $65.2 million in annual economic activity
  • Support more than 507 jobs and more than $31.1 million in annual payroll
  • Generates $34.1 million in annual spending, and $2.4 million in state and local tax revenue
  • Supports worldwide aerial firefighting
  • Brings 3,775 annual visitors to the area
  • Provides essential infrastructure needed for fast, efficient aerial firefighting response, package delivery, and connecting local companies and people to national and international markets or suppliers
  • Get the South St. Paul Municipal Airport Economic and Community Benefits fact sheet and other details from mndot.gov/airport-economic-study/

The study was commissioned by MnDOT in 2019 to measure the annual economic impact provided by 126 of Minnesota’s 133 public airports, most of them located in Greater Minnesota. The 2019 MnDOT study also includes data from two separate Metropolitan Airports Commission studies, which researched seven public airports located in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Together, the 133 airports make up Minnesota’s public airport system.

To learn more about the Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, download fact sheet

For more information about South St. Paul Municipal Airport, visit www.southstpaul.org/583/Fleming-Field-Municipal-Airport, or contact Andrew Wall at awall@southstpaul.org.

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