Connectivity drops

Connectivity drops

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data revealing that the Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international connectivity, shaking up the rankings of the world’s most connected cities. 

London, the world’s number one most connected city in September 2019, has seen a 67% decline in connectivity. By September 2020, it had fallen to number eight. New York (-66% fall in

connectivity), Tokyo (-65%), Bangkok (-81%), Hong Kong (-81%) and Seoul (-69%) have all exited the top ten. 

Shanghai is now the top ranked city for connectivity with the top four most connected cities all in China – Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu. 

Cities with large numbers of domestic connections now dominate, showing the how much international connectivity has shut down. ‘The dramatic shift in the connectivity rankings demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months. The rankings did not shift because of improvement in connectivity. That declined overall in all markets,’ says Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s senior VP member external relations.

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