The Atlanta airport commissions an economic impact study roughly every five years to demonstrate its role in driving economic activity in the Southeast.
The report released this month by the airport is based on fiscal year 2017 data.
Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden said in the report that the airport "continues to serve as the prime economic engine for the entire Southeast region." The study looked at the Piedmont Atlantic Mega-region, which includes 355 counties in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Selden called the airport’s role as an economic generator “its highest calling.”
Looking at all of the jobs linked to economic activity generated by the airport, the report said, Hartsfield-Jackson supports more than 448,000 jobs in the Southeast, or 20 percent of the jobs in the region.
That includes everyone from airline and cargo company employees at the airport to maintenance contractor workers. The report counted, as part of the airport's economic impact, visitor spending and the "induced" impact, including workers at grocery stores where aviation industry employees shop.
Air cargo is one of the big drivers of economic activity, supporting about 103,600 jobs, the report said.
Most of the airport-driven economic activity is generated in the metro Atlanta area with $51.6 billion of economic impact, while $15.2 billion occurs in the rest of Georgia. Another $15.7 billion is spread across other parts of the Southeast.