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Jobs tied to airports decline

By Derek Kravitz

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.

By Derek Kravitz  | November 17, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation  
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They will continue to decline as more people get molested by TSA employees...

Posted by: Hypocritic | November 18, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

With increased security regulations and fee hikes for international flight,lot of international airlines are discouraged to make it their destination or are reducing use of Dulles airport. Top that with full body scanners and you will have bigger impact.

Posted by: Jim110 | November 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The terrible economy, along with the huge hassle flying has now become is the cause. Frankly, the less TSA goons employed, the better.

Posted by: futbolclif | November 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

if TSA didnt have these measure in place you people would be crying for them, but now that they have the measures u dont like them and dont feel as if u should be subject to them than dont fly but as trains become the traget of bombs..etc. Amtrak will be forced to do them same thing

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | November 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I was laid off about 6 months ago and can definitely attest to the tough job market. It took some dedicated effort to land a job. I know the jobs are out there, there is just more competition to get them. I will tell you what worked for me.

I broke down and had my resume professionally done. I had been told to do it for some time, but was basically too cheap to pay for it! But in the end it was worth it. The writers know what key words to include to get your resume the attention it deserves. I did my research - there are a lot of services out there that range in price from $40 to $150. I found one that cost $49 - so I didn't pay an arm and a leg. And I believe it was well worth it. I recommend it to anyone on the job hunt.

The service I used was

Best of Luck to you all!

Posted by: johngolf | November 18, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Bring back SERVICE to the airline industry and make it a pleasure to fly!! I always try to fly SW as the crews are usually pleasant and accommodating and understand the meaning of CUSTOMER SERVICE! I know that doesn't solve the problems of the TSA goons touching our junk and hassling us.

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 18, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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