William Swelbar and Michael Wittman study the effect of connectivity at small and midsized airports, noting that percentage changes in connectivity at most airports were lower than percentage changes in flights or available seats, which suggests that some of the service cuts as a result of recent "capacity discipline" strategy did not directly harm connectivity, but instead removed redundant flying to secondary hubs. "While air connectivity is important for communities of all sizes, research has suggested that small communities can obtain significant economic benefits from well-connected commercial air service," they write.
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