Shanghai has dethroned London to become the world’s most connected city as the coronavirus shakes up international travel.
London has seen a 67% fall in connectivity in air travel, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Shanghai has risen up the ranks, and the world’s four most connected cities – Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chengdu – are now all in China. IATA says the pandemic has “undone a century of progress” for connectivity between cities, adding, “The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months.”
Large transport hubs including London, New York and Tokyo have been hit hard by the dramatic reduction in flights in and out of their cities.
The airline industry body said, “There are no winners, just some players that suffered fewer injuries. In a short period of time we have undone a century of progress in bringing people together and connecting markets.”