The owner of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Level and Vueling has put together a Capital Markets presentation and one slide is quite interesting. It shows the airline group’s most profitable destinations.

Sadly, it doesn’t list which cities they are, but perhaps someone reading would like to have a bit of a guess. There are 10 cities in total, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to work out.

IAG’s Most Profitable Destinations

You can find the full presentation as a PDF right here. Looking at it, New York would have to be number one, which should come as no surprises to anyone. It is one of the most profitable routes in the world.

Intriguingly, the second most profitable city is in South America. Number three could well be Boston, considering the large Aer Lingus share, and the Irish airline having twice daily service there.

Quite frankly I was surprised to see a second South American station listed there at number five. Perhaps the most difficult one to guess would be at number eight, cloaked under the guise of “Rest of World”. Is it an Asian city? Somewhere in India? Who knows.

Of course, this is commercially sensitive information, which is why it is not stated clearly. With a bit of deduction based on the carriers serving the routes, perhaps educated guesses can be made. No doubt the analysts at the competing airlines will be able to make it out easier than I can.

Overall Thoughts

Airline results presentations always contain fascinating nuggets of information. It’s helpful for shareholders, people interested in aviation and more.

What are your guesses? I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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