A study conducted by the Indiana Department of Transportation indicates the Terre Haute Regional Airport has a $273 million economic impact, according to our partners at WTWO-TV. The 2022 Indiana State Aviation economic impact study ranks Terre Haute No. 1 among general aviation airports in the state.
“We get about 10% per year growth,” said airport executive director Jeff Hauser.
Although the airport in Vigo County does not offer commercial passenger service, it does offer corporate flights, flight school training and recreational flying.
“$273 million is significant. More than significant,” said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. “It’s a jewel that we really have in our community, when you look at economic development activity, this generates its own little world out here at the airport with much more potential for growth.”
Other airports in that category include Grissom Air Reserve Bank in Peru, the Gary/Chicago International Airport, and Purdue University airport.
Hauser said the airport may look to add several hangars in coming years to facilitate more business. “Which honestly will drive more operations here, it’ll bring more people into the airport as well,” Hauser said.