Last month, the Brookings Institution released “Global Gateways: International Aviation in Metropolitan America,” a report that describes the flow of international passengers in and out of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas and the importance of international aviation to expanding the global reach of metropolitan economies. In 2011, 7.1 million international passengers started or ended their trip in Chicago, ranking the metro area 5th among U.S. metros.
Chicago is one of 17 metropolitan gateways that are the location of entry to, or exit from, the United States for 97% of all international through passengers. In addition to hosting and generating large shares of international passengers, these top metro gateways connect other U.S. metros to their international peers
The report also highlighted the Chicago-Hyderabad origin-destination corridor in an analysis of the fastest growing international aviation corridors to developing metros.
To read the full report and find statistics for the top 100 U.S. metro areas, including Chicago, visit the Brookings Institution’s website.