Airport city markets By Ilia Lioutov, Senior Data Analyst, Airport Economics, and Patrick Lucas, Senior Manager, Airport Economics and Statistics
Concentration of passenger traffic by city markets The worldâ€™s top 30 cities handle approximately one-third of all global passenger traffic (33%). Each of these cities is home to at least one airport hub where passengers can connect to multiple destinations. London, New York, Tokyo and Paris, often described as world cities or alpha cities, represent important nodes in
the global economic system. They are major economies in their own right, of a size comparable to national economies such as Switzerland, Nigeria, Sweden and Poland. These cities are centres of gravity for business, tourism, leisure and entertainment. As would result from a deficiency of any other input into their economic systems, lack of air transport would stymie the efficient growth of these mega cities.
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