The 10 Highest Revenue Airline Routes from Dallas

Last week I wrote about the 10 highest revenue airline routes in the world. British Airways New York JFK – London Heathrow exceeds a billion dollars a year.

Here are the top 10 revenue routes from Dallas Fort-Worth (all airlines) using OAG data:

Origin Destination Total revenue
DFW Los Angeles $361,870,999
DFW Chicago O’Hare $358,378,010
DFW Sydney, Australia $304,897,303
DFW Atlanta $304,805,844
DFW London Heathrow $300,933,065
DFW New York LaGuardia $283,352,934
DFW San Francisco $261,422,688
DFW Charlotte $258,874,086
DFW Phoenix $249,706,937
DFW Philadelphia $247,711,298

To be sure there are some limitations to OAG’s data. And overall there aren’t a lot of surprises.

Major business markets LA, Chicago, Atlanta, New York LaGuardia, and San Francisco make the list. There’s demand and there’s higher business yields that support a lot of flights.

It’s also not surprising that London Heathrow makes the list. London is the highest revenue market in the world, the top 10 worldwide route lists involved Heathrow extensively and American based in Dallas partners with British Airways and feeds a lot of London traffic.

I am surprised to see Sydney make this list. There’s one flight, albeit operated by an A380, and it’s a long flight with reasonably high fares as a result. American and Qantas have played some games with their schedules as they jockey for DOT approval of an anti-trust immunized joint business venture, in February Dallas – Sydney is scheduled to scale back to 6 times a week. Of course this list ranks only revenue, and Dallas – Sydney is also a high cost route.

Qantas Airbus A380 at Dallas Fort-Worth

Charlotte, Phoenix, and Philadelphia are no doubt aided in making the list because Dallas Fort-Worth is American’s largest hub and these are also hub cities.

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  1. 3x a day to NRT and it doesn’t make the list? That’s really surprising but probably means that the second AA flight to NRT is a terrible performer and the JAL 788 being a “consumer-friendly” configuration might add to that as well.

  2. If there is $304,897,303 of revenue to Sydney and one flight per day that means each flight averages $835,335 in revenue. With 484 seats that’s an average of $1725 per seat (including all 4 classes). That’s a lot for one way!

  3. How does the OAG data measure connections? If I buy a single ticket on AA to fly DFW-CLT-LHR, does that revenue count as only DFW-LHR, or both DFW-CLT and CLT-LHR, or prorated with a fraction to each segment?

  4. One would think that Qantas would want to have 7 days a week for its peak season? But Qantas has had its share of profitability problems, it still hasn’t learned.

  5. That’s really interesting about the QF daily. I would have thought 3x daily NRT service would beat that out.

    But it makes sense when you see the prices on that flight… especially up front.

    And, I suppose, the NRT flights have a lot of connecting traffic. Would that get counted in this?

  6. At least one of the daily AA DFW-LAX is on a dreamliner 5th freedom type flight on the toyko route plane with a ton of demand.

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