Air transport supports 1.8 million jobs and $32.1 billion in GDP in small island states.

The air transport industry in the small island states directly generated an estimated 66,800 jobs in 2016.

  • Airlines: 11,500 (17.3% of the total)
  • Airport operators: 8,700 (13%)
  • Other on-airport: 44,300 (66.3%)
  • Air navigation service providers: 2,300 (3.5%)

Including indirect and induced impacts, the air transport sector supported 200,000 jobs and contributed $4.2 billion to GDP in the small island states.

Moreover, substantial benefits derived via the catalytic impacts of tourist spending is estimated to have added 1.6 million to employment and $27.9 billion in GDP.