My main airport is a major airport but not as busy as the nearest hubs in
JFK, some busy routes to Europe and the US have direct flights but a lot of other flights (Asia, Latin America, Africa) have to transit through
YYZ or some other US airport.
Flying directly out of a hub doesn't always seem to be cheaper than transiting through it and I would assume getting in and out of those takes longer because of their size and the amount of traffic they process.
For international flights, apart from the availability of direct flights and destinations, are there any significant advantages to living near a major airline hub ?