Profits may be pressured across the aviation industry this year, but some routes are always reliable money spinners that can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in ticket sales and, in one case, more than $1 billion.
“For every airline there are a small selection of lucrative routes where either competitive advantage, market circumstances or limited competition make for very attractive revenues," says John Grant of industry analysts OAG, which has compiled a list of the 10 highest-grossing services around the world.
Between them the 10 routes brought in revenues of more than $6 billion in the 12 months from April 2018 to March 2019. That is an average of $608 million each, ranging from the $541m pocketed by Air Canada on its Vancouver to Toronto service, to the $1.16bn in ticket sales by British Airways on its trans-Atlantic service between London and New York.
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