Do you ever feel like cross-Canada flights cost way more than they should? You aren't alone.
Flights connecting Vancouver and major eastern Canadian cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax regularly sell for close to $1000 CAD return. To put that in perspective, many flights to the United Kingdom and Europe cost roughly the same, but are over twice as long.
Air Canada's service that connects Vancouver International Airport with Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport has been ranked among the world's highest revenue generating airline routes according to a recent study.
The Visual Capitalist has created an infographic based on data that was gathered from the OAG Aviation Worldwide, which tracked the airline routes that generated the most revenue from April 2018 to March 2019.
Only one route breaks the billion dollar barrier: British Airways’ service between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which generated a staggering $1,159,126,794 USD. Following this, Quantas Airline's service that connects Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Sydney Airport (SYD) generated a sizeable $849,260,322 USD.
In third, Emirates' service between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) saw an impressive $796,201,645 USD in revenue. Singapore Airlines ranked fourth, with its service between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) raking in $735,597,614 USD. United Airlines' service connecting San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) rounded out the top five, taking in a lofty $689,371,368 USD.
Air Canada’s service between Vancouver and Toronto rounded out the top 10 list with a whopping $541,122,509 USD of revenue in 2019 on the cross-Canada route. As such, it is the highest revenue generating airline route in the country.
Top Ten Highest Revenue Routes by Airline (World)
Top Ten Highest Revenue Routes by Airline (North America)
For those who aren't looking to spend an large sum of cash on their Vancouver to Toronto flight, Flair Airlines offers a significant savings out of YVR. With this in mind, the airline is considered "budget," and therefore it doesn't include some of perks that travellers enjoy with Air Canada and WestJet.