airplane_propellerfrontToday Opportunity Ohio released “Airport Data Indicates Ohio’s Economy Won’t be Flying Anytime Soon” – a short report detailing the plight of passenger air traffic in the state.  Here are some quick facts directly from the report:

  • Though Ohio is the seventh largest state in terms of population, Ohio only ranked 21st among the states for air travel in 2012.
  • Ohio had over 926,000 fewer passengers in 2012 than it did in 2000, a drop of 8.8 percent.  Overall from 2000 to 2012, the number of passengers in the United States increased by almost 45 million, a 7.5 percent jump
  • While Ohio did add about 2 million passengers from 1990 to 2012, the state’s growth rate ranked 9th worst in the country.
  • In 2012, Cleveland was Ohio’s busiest airport and ranked 41st among all airports in the country.
  • The Atlanta airport, located in right-to-work Georgia, has had the largest amount of passenger traffic since 1995, when it surpassed Chicago O’Hare.

As the article mentions, airline passenger traffic can be indicative of the economy’s overall health.  Both NCR and Chiquita left Ohio because the transportation options available were not sufficient to meet their business needs.

To see how other states compare to Ohio, see the rankings chart at the end of the report.