CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Although Yeager Airport is small, it is well connected. Now airport officials say they have the numbers to prove it.
According to an MIT white paper, which was released in June, Yeager ranked the second best connected non-hub airport and it ranked 111th among all 462 commercial service airports in the nation.
And officials say the airport could have moved up to the top spot in the non-hub airport category because 2012 data did not take into account its flights to Dallas.
The study looked at overall connectivity and how it may have changed because of airline mergers and consolidations.
According to the study, the Airport Connectivity Index looks at flight frequency, the quantity and quality of destinations and the quantity and quality of connective destinations.
"People have a misconception that we are a small airport. And we are nationally," said Brian Belcher, director of marketing and air service development. "But we have great connectivity. We have good air service for an airport this size."
And Anthony Gilmer, marketing and air service development coordinator, said, "this puts the numbers behind it."
Gilmer explained Yeager has service in nine airports-eight of which are hubs.
Belcher said the airport ranked better in connectivity than about 50 airports in bigger cities.
"It's kind of hard to believe that some wouldn't have better because in large cities, there is a lot of service and seats but not necessarily connectivity," Belcher said.