Air transport supports 1.8 million jobs and $32.1 billion in GDP in small island states. That is 10.2% of all employment and 13.9% of all GDP in the small island states in 2016.
Small island states
The air transport industry generated an estimated 66,800 direct jobs in the small island states in 2016, which breaks down into:
- Airline employees: 11,500 (17.3% of the total)
- Airport operators: 8,700 (13%)
- Other on-airport jobs: 44,300 (66.3%)
- Air navigation service providers: 2,300 (3.5%)
The air transport sector supported 200,000 jobs and contributed $4.2 billion to GDP in the small island states, including indirect and induced impacts.
Moreover, substantial benefits derived from tourist spending which has added an estimated 1.6 million to employment and $27.9 billion in GDP.