(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Recognizing the importance of aviation to the great State of Alaska, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has proclaimed May as Aviation Appreciation Month.
The governor joined thousands of aviation enthusiasts at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage, on Sunday, May 5, to read and sign the proclamation.
Aviation was instrumental in the development of Alaska and is still a vital economic driver in the state. Aviation contributes $3.8 billion to Alaska’s economy annually and generates over 35,000 jobs, accounting for 10% of all jobs in Alaska.
“We thank Governor Dunleavy for this proclamation emphasizing the importance of aviation to our state,” said John Binder, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) deputy commissioner. “Alaska has the largest aviation system in North America with the state owning and operating 239 airports.”
For more information about aviation in Alaska, visit the Alaska Aviation System Plan.
Other aviation events happening around the state:
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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