U.S. Air Ticket Sales Trends

ARC Reports November 2017 U.S. Air Ticket Sales Increase More Than Five Percent

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for November 2017 was $484, unchanged from October 2017. Average November 2017 ticket prices are down .5 percent compared to November 2016.

The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 5.4 percent in November as compared to November 2016, totaling $6.8 billion vs. $6.4 billion. The number of passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 3.5 percent to 20,409,186 compared to 19,724,138 in November 2016.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in November 2017 comprised almost $5.9 million, a 5.4 percent decrease compared to November 2016. EMD transactions also decreased 13.6 percent to 94,441 in November 2017 vs. 109,332 in 2016.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending November 30, 2017, from 12,187 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 roundtrip 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.
  • 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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