Iberia has the most profitable air route in Latin America
The route between Mexico City and Iberia's Madrid is the most profitable of all the air frequencies connecting Latin American cities. According to an OAG report published by BBC, it had a turnover of US$ 238.9 million in the last year of operation.
It is followed by LATAM's Santiago-Lima and Lima-Santiago routes with US$ 230.3 million and US$ 227.7 million respectively.
Emirates, with its route between Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) and Dubai, invoices US$ 223 million while another frequency based on the main Brazilian airport occupies the fifth and sixth position: Santiago-Sao Paulo and Sao Paulo-Santiago invoice respectively US$ 215 million and US$ 214 million for LATAM Airlines.
They are considered independent routes since OAG calculates the emission in the destinations of origin, even if they are round trips.
Air France ranks seventh on its route from Sao Paulo to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) with a turnover of US$ 206 million.
The two sections of Avianca's domestic route are in eighth and ninth place, Cali-Bogotá and Bogotá-Cali.
It closes the top 10 American Airlines with its flight between Sao Paulo and Miami, which records US$ 199.5 million in revenue.
Globally, according to the OAG, the route that generated the most money in 2018 is the one operated by British Airways between JFK airport in New York and Heathrow airport in London.
The route maintained the first position it already held last year with revenues of US$ 1 billion 150 million between April 2018 and March 2019.
In second place is the frequency between the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney operated by Qantas Airways, with more than US$ 861 million in revenue.
The third position is for the section from Heathrow to Dubai International Airport, generating more than US$ 796 million for the Emirates airline.
"This year's top ten air routes showed no change (from the previous year) which highlights how valuable some of them are in terms of size and scale," said John Grant, senior analyst at OAG.