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MIT Study Gives Columbia Metropolitan Airport Top Rankings

(Cayce) A recent paper from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT) has ranked Columbia Metropolitan Airport in the top 30% of US Airports for enplanements and the top 25% for connectivity.

The study entitled “Modeling Changes in Connectivity at U.S. Airports” was written by two of the industry’s most renowned experts, Michael D. Wittman and Bill S. Swelbar, and is the second in MIT’s Small Community Air Service White Paper Series.

In the paper, Wittman and Swelbar introduce the Airport Connectivity Quality Index (ACQI) which computes airport connectivity as a function of the frequency of available scheduled flights, the quantity and quality of destinations served, and the quantity and quality of connecting destinations.
Of CAE’s ranking in the study, airport Executive Director, Dan Mann says that he has always known Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers its community great air service but he is glad to now have that fact validated by industry experts.

“Columbia Metropolitan Airport plays a vital role in our local economy and it’s our ability to connect businesses, their products and their personnel to the world that enables us to make such a positive impact on the Midlands. We’re proud of the connectivity that CAE offers the Columbia market and we’re pleased to have our air service so highly ranked.”

ICAT is one of the nation’s premier centers for aviation, airline, and airport research. The full paper can be found at

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the premier air travel provider for South Carolina’s Midlands region. The airport offers more than 40 daily non-stop flights to 11 destinations nationwide. CAE is a self-sufficient entity and does not receive any state or local tax dollars. Visit our website at or on Facebook at

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