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It is not correct to say that all these employment opportunities would not exist if there were no major air terminal, a significant portion of these jobs are tied directly to the airport's operation. It has been anticipated that a new major air facility in New Jersey-New York metropolitan area would stimulate some 135,000 jobs, in the operation and maintenance of on-site facilities, in servicing aircraft, and in operating concession and commercial facilities such as restaurants, stores, motels, etc. It is important to note that persons employed in air transportation earn higher annual wages, on the average, than over-all median incomes of urban job holders. In 1959, for example, workers in air transportation in the New York metropolitan area earned an average wage of $6,700 or about $2,000 more than the average wage rate for the remainder of the region's employees. Therefore, it can be seen that air facilities employees constitute a significant consumer market, having above average disposable incomes."19

San Francisco International Airport issued a FACT SHEET in June, 1966, which stated that there are about 25,000 workers who have jobs in the San Francisco Bay Region, with an annual payroll of approximately $200,000,000, that are "related directly to air transportation" at the Airport. Air transportation was described as "the area's most rapidly growing industry".10

Thus the civilian jet airports in the United States are of major importance to the localities as well as to the nation; and the network of them, and their capacity, would continue to grow even if no progress were made in the efforts to abate their noise. However, at all levels and from all parties interested in civil air transport, there is recognition that the airport noise problem is a very serious one that must be kept within as close limits as practicable if civilian air transportation is to achieve its maximum potential.

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