Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) will hand out more than $1 billion in profit sharing to its more than 80,000 employees.

The Atlanta-based airline said the $1.1 billion payout is for the workers’ role in delivering “record-breaking operational, financial and customer satisfaction performance.”

In metro Atlanta, where Delta will pay its more than 32,000 employees more than $392 million, the economic impact will actually be more than double: an estimated $957 million, according to a local economist.

Employees…