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S.C.’s largest airports rank high in MIT connectivity study

Date: July 25, 2013

An MIT air transportation study of airports found that Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport had the fifth-highest connectivity of seventy-four in the U.S. among small hub airports.

Aside from Myrtle Beach International Airport, all of South Carolina’s larger airports ranked above 50 in 2012 for a connectivity score that measured the quality of connections available at the nation’s airports. Researchers at MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation considered a score of 50 to 150 to be good connectivity.

The MIT researchers said there is no industry-standard metric to assess an airport’s connection to the global air transportation system. All of South Carolina’s airports are considered “small hub” or “non-hub” size, using FAA designations for number of enplanements. Small hub airports enplane about 5% of the number of passengers as “large hub” airports, for example.

The study’s Airport Connectivity Quality Index measured frequency of available scheduled flights, the quantity and quality of destinations served, and the quantity and quality of connecting destinations.


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