U.S. Air Ticket Sales Trends

Travel Agency U.S. Air Ticket Sales Increase More Than 3 Percent to Start 2019

ARC Reports International Passenger Trips Continue to Rise
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Travel Agency U.S. Air Ticket Sales Increase More Than 3 Percent to Start 2019

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in January 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 3.2 percent as compared to January 2018, totaling nearly $8.7 billion vs. $8.4 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price for was $476, up $17 from January 2018.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased just under 0.4 percent to 27,686,761 compared to 27,589,579 in January 2018. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 1 percent while international passenger trips grew nearly 3 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in January 2019 totaled $6.9 million, about a 5 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transactions also decreased by 5 percent year-over-year.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending January 31, 2019, from 12,098 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
  • Average ticket price (in USD) for a round-trip ticket settled through ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel.
  • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip from one airport to another using either direct or connecting flights. Newly-issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to provide a net view of traveling passengers.
  • U.S. Domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where some or all of the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or originates outside the U.S.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.



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