Revealed: the most lucrative airline routes in the world (including BA's $1bn cash cow)

Sydney features twice in the top 10
Sydney features twice in the top 10 Credit: istock

How do you become a millionaire?

Start with a billion pounds then launch an airline.

The joke attributed to Sir Richard Branson, of Virgin Atlantic fame and fortune, goes some way to convey how difficult it is to run a profitable airline.

Between oil prices, delays and disruption and a fiercely competitive marketplace, air travel may seem like big business but it is notoriously tough.

That said, it’s not all scraping a living. New analysis by aviation experts OAG has highlighted the specific routes on which some of the world’s biggest airlines make their money – and it’s a lot of money.

The single route that earned the most revenue in the 12 months to March 2019 was British Airways’ flights between...

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