London has slumped to eighth in the list of the world’s most connected cities, according to new data from Iata.
The world’s most connected city a year ago has lost its crown to Shanghai following a 67% decline in connectivity.
The English capital has also fallen behind Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chicago, Shenzhen and Los Angeles.
Comparing Iata’s September 2019 and September 2020 data, Shanghai moves up from second to first and Beijing from fourth to second, while Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen are all new entrants into the top 10.
Iata said cities with large numbers of domestic connections, such as those in China, now dominate, "showing the extent to which international connectivity has been shut down".
New York, meanwhile, has experienced a 66% fall in connectivity, Tokyo 65%, Bangkok and Hong Kong 81%, and Seoul 69%, ensuring all five drop out of the top 10.