Melbourne, Australia (Wednesday, May 18, 2016): Rome2rio, the multimodal search specialist, has partnered with leading social commentator and KPMG partner, Bernard Salt, to produce the inaugural Global Connectivity Ranking.
The ranking, which utilises data from the global search engine, measures the connectivity of a city via the number of direct flights it offers to international destinations. It includes a top 20 global ranking and also shows the most connected cities by region, highlighting a city’s changing global importance.
Key insights from the ranking include:
* Londonis the world’s most connected city with direct flights to 351 international destinations
* Parisis second with connectivity to 291 destinations followed by Frankfurt (278) and Amsterdam(242)
*The most internationally connected city in North America is Toronto with 154 different destinations (mostly within the US).
* New Yorkwith its three airports connects with 137 different international destinations. New York’s airport connectivity is dominated by internal linkages as opposed to external linkages. New York isn’t as ‘global’ as are 20 other, mostly European, world cities.
* The second most connected city in the Englishspeaking world is in fact Manchesterwith 162 international connections.
* Istanbul’sconnectivity jumped 20 percent with 40 new destinations. Istanbul is the most globally connected city in the Muslim world. Its business activity, as well as its rising middle class, are demanding new destinations.
*The most globally connected cities in Asia are Hong Kongwhich connects with 147 cities (includes mainland China), then Seoulwith 141, Bangkok131 and Singapore 129.
*The city that seems to have suffered the greatest reduction in connectivity since 2014 is the Ukraine’s Kievdown to 60 global connections today from 83. There are no flights between Kiev and at least seven regional destinations in Russia that did exist before the Crimean conflict.
* Glasgowis a city that has transformed since the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Glasgow’s airport now connects with 76 international cities, up from 55 just two years ago.
* However these shifts in global connectivity pale in comparison with the globalisation of China’s second tier cities. Since 2014 Beijinghas connected with 22 new global cities; Shanghaihas added 17 cities and Guangzhou has added 12.
Speaking about the report Mr Salt states. “This measurement provides insights beyond mere passenger counts per airport; it is a proxy for real business activity and changes in consumer confidence using data about global travel routes. The market for global connectivity is growing strong, only a minority of cities (201) experienced falling connectivity while the vast majority (724) increased their global connections. The strength of the Global Connectivity Ranking is its ability to quickly identify cities on the move. Politicians and business operators should access the Global Connectivity Ranking to identify which cities and regions are on the rise.”
The Global Connectivity Ranking is the first in a series of transportfocussed reports to be produced by Rome2rio and Mr Salt.
Rome2rio CEO, Rod Cuthbert adds, “Rome2rio is in a unique position to produce analysis of this nature. Each month we attract millions of users from around the globe, all planning journeys that might include air, rail, road or ferry components. Analysing that data, particularly when upcoming reports factor in the impact of highspeed rail networks, is going to throw a bright light on economic activity and trends that should be of wide interest to both industry and the research community”.