The aviation industry is responsible for 56 million jobs worldwide, according to a report prepared by the Oxford Economics analysis organisation for industry coalition Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
The report, called "Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders," was released at the beginning of a two-day aviation conference that was run by Geneva-based ATAG, Reuters reports. The study stated that the freight transported is equal to roughly one-third, or 35 percent, of all trade. The industry is responsible for the generation of $2.2 trillion in gross domestic product every year.
The report asserted that of the 56.6 million jobs supported by the aviation industry, 8.4 million positions work for the sector directly, according to the media outlet. Firms that supply the aviation industry with goods and services are responsible for 9.3 million jobs, and the expenditure of employees in the industry is responsible for another 4.4 million positions. Another 35.5 million positions are made possible by the tourism industry that is made possible by aviation.
"Of course, aviation’s economic benefits spread far beyond the monetary aspects outlined here. When you take into account the further benefits gained through the speed and reliability of air travel, the businesses that exist because air freight makes them possible and the intrinsic value to the economy of improved connectivity, the economic impact would be several times larger," Paul Steele, executive director of ATAG said in a statement.
Aviation staffing can be observed in Florida, where Brazilian jet maker Embraer announced plans to invest $24 million into an expansion at Melbourne International Airport, according to TCPalm.
The amount that will be invested into the new facility will include the cost of the construction and the equipment that will be used at the location, the news source reports. The company plans to build the 63,500-square-foot facility on a 13.2-acre plot of land.
Governor Rick Scott was present to announce the plans, according to Space Florida. The lawmaker announced the plan at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto, and Governor Scott was accompanied by various officials who helped to land the expansion.
Melbourne City Mayor Harry Goode, Senator Mike Haridopolos, and executives who work for the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Embraer, Enterprise Florida and Space Florida were all present, the media outlet reports. Governor Scott stated that "Embraer's continued investment in Florida is evidence we are doing the right things to attract job-growing businesses."
Once the facility becomes operational, it is expected to support 200 workers who will be paid an an average annual salary of $70,000, TCPalm reports. The company collaborated with officials at both the local and state levels for six months to ensure that the facility was created in Melbourne. The new location will be responsible for designing and manufacturing airplanes.
"This new engineering center solidifies Embraer’s presence on the Space Coast and continues the momentum to make Melbourne International Airport the hub of Embraer’s North American operations," stated Richard Ennis, Melbourne International’s executive director, according to the news source.
He added that the expansion will result in staffing the "right jobs at the right time," and that "these are aerospace engineering jobs, and there is no question that Embraer is acting now to tap into the talent pool idled by the end of NASA’s shuttle program."
The company will expedite its staffing plans by hiring engineers and having them work in a 25,000-square-foot facility that was used in the past by Northrop Grumman, according to the news source.