PUNTA GORDA — An economic impact study by Volaire Aviation Consulting values Punta Gorda Airport's local economic impact at $208.3 million within Charlotte County and values the airport's regional economic impact at $353.2 million.
The Charlotte County Airport Authority commissioned the study. It measures direct, indirect and induced effects of employment and spending driven by the airport, according to a press release. It also measured air service and non-air service economic impact, the impact of new air service, and commercial and capital expenditure impact.
“Punta Gorda Airport is more than a niche airport providing low-cost airfare,” Punta Gorda Airport President and CEO James Parish says in a statement. “As a landlord, land developer and general aviation airport, we are tightly interconnected with the local economy.”
The airport is home to 399 aircraft. It hosts 18 non-airline aviation entities. In 2016, Punta Gorda Airport supported 80,834 flight operations. The airport is responsible for 1,699 full-time jobs in Charlotte County and 3,618 full-time jobs regionally, according to a press release.
Punta Gorda Airport has low-fare air service with Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines to 35 destinations.