Follow the skies to London to find the pot of gold…

They say if you follow a rainbow, it’ll lead you to a pot of gold. It turns out, you just need to follow the skies to New York, London or Dubai. British Airways, for example, makes a billion dollars annually on their London to New York route alone. OAG, the airline and travel intelligence and research company, has just released the results of their most profitable airline routes study from April 2017 – March 2018, offering insights into not only which airlines, but which routes offer the most profit. The study breaks down yearly take in and even how much money each route makes for the airline per hour. Here are the fascinating findings in order of hourly revenue…

10. Air Canada: Vancouver (YVR) – Toronto (YYZ)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 11,445

Total Revenue (US$) – 552,264,972

9. United Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) – New York (EWR)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 12,130

Total Revenue (US$) – 687,674,312

8. American Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX) – New York (JFK)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 13,801

Total Revenue (US$) – 698,074,171

7. Cathay Pacific Airways: Hong Kong (HKG) – London (LHR)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 14,294

Total Revenue (US$) – 631,855,868

6. Qatar Airways: London (LHR) – Doha (DOH)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 17,677

Total Revenue (US$) – 552,658,316

5. Singapore Airlines: London (LHR) – Singapore (SIN)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 18,253

Total Revenue (US$) – 709,730,107

4. Singapore Airlines: Sydney (SYD) – Singapore (SIN)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 19,525

Total Revenue (US$) – 543,723,893

3. Qantas Airways: Melbourne (MEL) – Sydney (SYD)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 24,237

Total Revenue (US$) – 854,692,402

2. British Airways: New York (JFK) – London (LHR)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 24,639

Total Revenue (US$) – 1,037,724,867

1. Emirates: London (LHR) – Dubai (DXB)

Revenue Per Hour (US$) – 25,308

Total Revenue (US$) – 819,409,702

Did anyone notice Singapore Air is the only airline with two of the top 10?