Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

By Kurt Stolz on 26 November 2020
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A panda at the Chengdu Panda Base

Move over, London. The title of the world’s most connected city amidst the coronavirus pandemic is Shanghai, according to the International Air Transport Association.

A new report from IATA says that the number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of last month.

“The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months,” said Sebastian Mikosz, a spokesman for the organization.

From the 19,300 city pairs that were connected by air service at the start of the year, some 7,000 aren’t on airline schedules.

London has fallen from the top position to eighth on the list, while New York, previously third, and Los Angeles, previously sixth, are both outside the top ten.

The top four connected cities at the present time are all in China, namely Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.  China’s domestic air schedule has largely returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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