Aerospace & Defense


With 83 general, commercial and reliever airports throughout Arizona, including three international airports, Arizona's aviation industry directly contributes approximately $18.6 billion to the economy and more than 115,000 direct jobs.  The indirect impact, including visitor expenditures, exceeds $16.8 billion, creating more than 158,000 jobs.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's 26 carriers account for Sky Harbor's 1,200 daily arrivals and departures and the transport of approximately 855 tons of cargo, making Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport the state’s largest aviation facility. Sky Harbor alone employs more than 33,000 Arizonans and generates $8.2 billion in revenues.  It is ranked among the top 15 busiest Airports in the World for takeoffs and landings and one of the ten busiest airports in the country for passenger traffic.


Direct Impact

  • $8.2 billion
  • 33,639 employees

Total Impact

  • $33 Billion
  • 305,136 employees

Within a 2 hour flight (870 miles est.) of Phoenix Sky Harbor International:

  • 8 States to which there are direct flights to major cities (11 states total, some with more direct flights than others)
  • Estimated reachable U.S. population of 75.9 million (24.31% of U.S. population)
  • Estimated reachable Mexican population of 17.3 million
  • Total estimated reachable population: 93.2 million

Within a 4 hour flight (1,950 miles, est.) of Phoenix Sky Harbor International:

  • 32 U.S. states to which there are direct flights to major cities (40 states total, some with more direct flights than others; only non-service for 4 hours+ is northeast)
  • Estimated reachable U.S. population of nearly 255 million (81.87% of U.S. population, 2011)
  • Estimated reachable Mexican population of 114.9 million
  • Estimated reachable Guatemalan population of 14 million
  • Estimated reachable Canadian population of 19.5 million
  • Total estimated reachable population: 403 million

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport serves to relieve air traffic from Sky Harbor, and as such, the Airport is capable of accommodating all segments of civil aviation except commercial passenger service.  The Airport offers a complete range of services including fueling, avionics repair, maintenance, parts, flight training, new and used aircraft sales, aircraft rentals, a pilot shop and a restaurant. It has two fixed-based operators and is home to more than 1,277 aircraft.

Phoenix Goodyear and Phoenix Deer Valley account for more than 305,000 jobs and $33 billion in economic impact for Arizona.

Tucson International Airport currently offers six airlines providing nonstop service to 15 destinations and more than 60 daily departing flights with connections worldwide. TIA offers an FAA-operated control tower staffed around the clock, a thriving Fixed Base Operator (FBO) sector, 24-Hour Executive Terminal, and is a U.S. Port of Entry with 24-hour U.S. Customs and Immigration services. TIA employs 13,000 Arizonans, generating more than $3 billion.


Direct Impact

  • $1.7 billion
  • 13,000 employees

Total Impact

  • $3.25 billion
  • 34.570 employee

Yuma International Airport  has unparalleled military ties and is home to one of the country’s most prestigious new defense aviation parks – the 120-acre Defense Contractor Complex (DCC). It’s located near the airport and Yuma Proving Grounds and supports defense contractors from Boeing and other firms by providing a secure space to complete technical activities.  Designated a Foreign Trade Zone, Yuma International averages 260 general aviation operations per day.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is a growing reliever airport to Sky Harbor, boasting a newly remodeled passenger terminal, convenient parking and three expansive runways (10,401 feet; 10,201 feet; and 9,301 feet). Designated as a Foreign Trade Zone No. 221 and a Military Reuse Zone, and having expertise in aircraft maintenance, modification, testing and pilot training, Gateway offers global-minded companies a financial edge and is quickly developing as an international aerospace center.

Phoenix Goodyear Airport is another general aviation reliever airport for Sky Harbor. It also serves air carrier companies and military aircraft on its 789-acre site. The airport was originally built and operated by the United States Navy.

Civil Aviation Economic Impact:

Contributes to 8% of Arizona’s GDP (5th largest in nation)

General aviation’s total economic output in Arizona: $1 billion (5th largest)

Total economic output for aircraft, aircraft engine, and parts manufacturing: $10 billion (5thlargest)

General aviation’s visitor expenditures: $300 million (4th largest)

Total economic output for travel arrangements: $1 billion (3rd largest)[3]

Each ring represents 500 miles, a day's drive, with Phoenix as the center point for the distances.

Arizona's full Airport network:

Commercial Service - Primary Airports:

Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport

Flagstaff Pulliam Airport

Grand Canyon National Park Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Page Municipal Airport

Grand Canyon West Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Tucson International Airport

Yuma International Airport / MCAS Yuma

Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports:

Prescott Municipal Airport (Ernest A. Love Field)

Show Low Regional Airport

Other airports with scheduled passenger service:

Kingman Airport

Reliever Airports:

Chandler Municipal Airport

Glendale Municipal Airport

Phoenix Goodyear Airport

Marana Regional Airport

Falcon Field

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

Scottsdale Airport

Ryan Field

General Aviation Airports:

Eric Marcus Municipal Airport

Bagdad Airport

Benson Municipal Airport

Bisbee Municipal Airport

Buckeye Municipal Airport

Casa Grande Municipal Airport

Chinle Municipal Airport

Cibecue Airport

Greenlee County Airport

Colorado City Municipal Airport

Coolidge Municipal Airport

Bisbee-Douglas International Airport

Eloy Municipal Airport

Gila Bend Municipal Airport

San Carlos Apache Airport

Holbrook Municipal Airport

Kayenta Airport

Lake Havasu City Airport

Pinal Airpark

Nogales International Airport

Avi Suquilla Airport

Payson Airport

Polacca Airport

Safford Regional Airport

San Manuel Airport

Sedona Airport

Sierra Vista Municipal Airport / Libby AAF

Springerville Municipal Airport

St. Johns Industrial Air Park

Taylor Airport

Tuba City Airport

Whiteriver Airport

Wickenburg Municipal Airport

Cochise County Airport

H.A. Clark Memorial Field

Window Rock Airport

Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport

Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS):

Sun Valley Airport

Stellar Airpark

Douglas Municipal Airport

Cochise College Airport

Kearny Airport

Estrella Sailport

Pearce Ferry Airport

Eagle Airpark

Marble Canyon Airport

Grand Canyon Caverns Airport

Pleasant Valley Airport

Phoenix Regional Airport

Flying J Ranch Airport

Seligman Airport

Sells Airport

Rolle Field (Rolle Airfield)

Superior Municipal Airport

Temple Bar Airport

Tombstone Municipal Airport

Valle Airport

Grand Canyon Bar 10 Airport

Other Government/Military Airports:

Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field

Luke Air Force Base

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Laguna Army Airfield (Yuma Proving Ground)

Notable Private-Use Airports:

Gila River Memorial Airport

Cliff Dwellers Lodge Airport

Hualapai Airport

Pegasus Airpark

La Cholla Airpark