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African gateways : measuring airline connectivity change for Africa's global urban networks in the 2003-2009 period

David Bassens (UGent) , Ben Derudder (UGent) , Kefa M Otiso, Tom Storme (UGent) and Frank Witlox (UGent)
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This paper studies the globalization of major African cities through their changing insertion in global airline networks. As such, the paper adds to a growing body of literature that analyzes the role of infrastructure in the formation of world-city networks. We draw on a rich data source that provides longitudinal airline booking data, which can be directly linked up to the evolution of inter-urban networks at the African and global scale. Our results indicate that Johannesburg remains the major gateway to Africa, but other regional centers and in particular Cairo, Lagos, Casablanca and Nairobi are rapidly complementing Johannesburg in this role. The globalization of African cities is related to rapid network growth on the African continent, but is outrun by fast growth in terms of non-African connections. Among the latter, connections to Asia and the Middle East are rapidly gaining importance. In the end, the paper argues that SouthSouth connections are crucial for an understanding of the contemporary globalization of African cities.
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AIR TRANSPORT, urbanization, globalization, Africa, world cities, Johannesburg, air transport, GLOBALIZATION, WORLD, CITIES, TRAVEL

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Bassens, David, Ben Derudder, Kefa M Otiso, Tom Storme, and Frank Witlox. 2012. “African Gateways : Measuring Airline Connectivity Change for Africa’s Global Urban Networks in the 2003-2009 Period.” South African Geographical Journal 94 (2): 103–119.
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Bassens, D., Derudder, B., Otiso, K. M., Storme, T., & Witlox, F. (2012). African gateways : measuring airline connectivity change for Africa’s global urban networks in the 2003-2009 period. SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 94(2), 103–119.
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Bassens D, Derudder B, Otiso KM, Storme T, Witlox F. African gateways : measuring airline connectivity change for Africa’s global urban networks in the 2003-2009 period. SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL. 2012;94(2):103–19.
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Bassens, David, Ben Derudder, Kefa M Otiso, et al. “African Gateways : Measuring Airline Connectivity Change for Africa’s Global Urban Networks in the 2003-2009 Period.” SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL 94.2 (2012): 103–119. Print.
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  author       = {Bassens, David and Derudder, Ben and Otiso, Kefa M and Storme, Tom and Witlox, Frank},
  issn         = {0373-6245},
  journal      = {SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {103--119},
  title        = {African gateways : measuring airline connectivity change for Africa's global urban networks in the 2003-2009 period},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03736245.2012.742780},
  volume       = {94},
  year         = {2012},
}

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