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ARC Reports Roundtrip Ticket Prices for First Quarter 2017 Up 7.5 Percent


Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel
intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported today that
the average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for March 2017 was $498, up a
few dollars from $487 in February and $464 in January. Average ticket
prices are consistent with this time period in 2016: $498 in March, $489
in February and $473 in January.

The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based
travel agencies increased 6.4 percent in March as compared to 2016,
totaling $8.8 billion vs. $8.3. Total fares also increased 8 percent to
$7 billion compared to $6.5 billion in 2016. The number of passenger
trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies also saw an increase of
nearly 8 percent to more than 26,516,000 compared to nearly 24,610,000
in March 2016.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised
nearly $9.3 million, a 239 percent increase over 2016. EMD transactions
increased 376 percent to nearly 159,000 in March 2017 vs. nearly 33,400
in 2016.

More detailed information is available at

About ARC:

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air
travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading
business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and
financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2016, ARC settled
$86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for more than 7,000
travel agencies with 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is
an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia,
with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan,
Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending March 31, 2017, from
    12,587 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
  • 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. Only transactions for
    travel are included (no MCOs, EMDs, etc.).
  • 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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