Title
Airline connectivity as a measure of the globalisation of African cities Airline connectivity as a measure of the globalisation of African cities
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Guildford ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Applied geography. - Guildford
Volume/pages
31(2011) :2 , p. 609-620
ISSN
0143-6228
ISI
000288971900022
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
A citys transnational airline connections are one measure of its globalization since such links are integral to globalization. In this paper, we use airline networks to (i) map the position of African cities in the global transnational urban network, (ii) explore the inter-urban relationships of major African cities and, (iii) to contribute to the literature on the globalization of African cities. We find that whereas many African cities have poor airline interconnectivity among themselves as well as internationally, and are thus ranked low on global transnational urban networks, some cities such as Johannesburg, Cairo, Cape Town, Nairobi, Durban, and Casablanca have developed relatively good international air connectivity and are thus relatively well integrated into the global transnational urban network. In particular, South African cities, especially Johannesburg, have substantially increased their air connectivity and place in the global transnational urban network since the advent of majority rule in South Africa in 1994
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