AVIATION BY THE NUMBERS
There are 61 public-use airports in the state, serving 5,053 pilots and 4,075 general aviation aircraft.
NUMBER OF JOBS
According to the 2009 New Mexico Airport System Plan Update, aviation in New Mexico supports 48,795 jobs and generates $1.3 billion in payroll.
A 2001 Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry study found that 5,100 New Mexicans were directly employed in air transportation, with an additional 1,800 working in search, detection and navigation, and 800 working in aircraft and parts manufacturing.
General aviation is vital to many non-aviation businesses in New Mexico, which use the system to transport personnel, equipment, and products. General aviation in New Mexico contributes $761 million, or $378 per capita, to the state’s economy.
New Mexico is home to 21 charter flight companies, 21 airport repair stations, and 8 flight schools operating 43 aircraft. In addition, there are 40 fixed-based operators in the state. San Juan College in Farmington, NM is a member of the University Aviation Association.