Air transport supports 24 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in GDP in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). That is 4.1% of all employment and 4.4% of all GDP in OECD countries in 2016.
In 2016, the air transport industry generated an estimated 5.7 million direct jobs in the OECD in the following areas:
- Airline workers: 1.3 million (22.1% of the total)
- Airport operators: 257,800 (4.5%)
- Other on-airport roles: 3.2 million (56.1%)
- Civil aerospace jobs: 870,400 (15.4%)
- Air navigation service providers: 109,000 (1.9%)
Including indirect and induced roles, the air transport sector supported 15.9 million jobs and contributed $1.5 trillion to GDP in the OECD.
Moreover, substantial benefits derived from tourist spending has added an estimated to have added 8.1 million to employment and $554.9 billion in GDP.