Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester International Airport has a significant impact on the area economy.

That’s according to a study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which looked at all 133 public airports in the state. The study found the 126 public airports in Greater Minnesota support more than 13,000 jobs and more than $570 million in annual payroll.

The study found RST’s contributions included:

Generates $190 million in annual economic activity
Supports more than 1,600 jobs and more than $63 million in annual payroll
Generates $127 million in annual spending and $9.2 million in state and local tax revenue
Supports air ambulances essential to medical services
Provides essential infrastructure needed for air cargo and connecting regional companies to national and international markets or suppliers
Provides economic efficiencies that bring competitive advantages that help businesses create jobs that support the regional economy

“We are excited to share the study results demonstrating Rochester International Airport’s substantial economic benefits to our region,” said John Reed, executive director. “RST is a strong economic cornerstone allowing the movement of people and commerce in and out of our community.”

Rochester International Airport is served daily by United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which collectively offer 13 flights each day to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis. RST accommodates over 370,000 passengers annually, providing air service to Southeast MN and border regions of Iowa and Wisconsin.

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