Jobs tied to airports decline
Nearly 58,000 jobs tied to Dulles International and Reagan National airports have been lost in the past four years, and the average visitor to Washington spent $90 less per trip last year compared to 2005, according to an economic impact study prepared for the two airports.
The number of passengers flying into Dulles has fallen by about 14.2 percent and Reagan passengers have declined by 1.5 percent since 2005, the last time an economic impact study was prepared for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the independent body that governs the two airports.
The loss in business at Dulles has resulted in nearly 55,000 jobs being shed, according to the study released Wednesday by the Washington-based Louis Berger Group. Those jobs include airline workers, the federal government and retail and concessions contractors as well as those who benefit from D.C. visitors, including shipping companies, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and local economies.
Of the 40.8 million passengers who used Dulles and Reagan in 2009, about 12 million were visitors to the region. Those visitors spent about $10.6 billion in Washington, according to the study. While the number of visitors to Washington over that four-year stretch remained stable, analysts said, the average spending per out-of-towner decreased, from $970 in 2005 to $880 last year. Employment related to the 23-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles and Loudoun County added about 500 jobs in 2009, the study said.
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