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ARC Data Reveals Dip in U.S. Roundtrip Average Ticket Price


Airline Ticket Sales for August 2017 Increase Nearly Four Percent

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the average U.S.
roundtrip ticket price* for August 2017 was $456, down from $473 in
July. Average ticket prices are down 2.1 percent compared to August 2016.

The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based
travel agencies increased nearly 3.6 percent in August as compared to
August 2016, totaling $7.4 billion vs. $7.1 billion. The number of
passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 4.3
percent to 23,076,905 compared to 22,130,120 in August 2016.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised
nearly $6.1 million, a 13 percent increase over 2016. EMD transactions
increased seven percent to 102,462 in August 2017 vs. nearly 95,434 in

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
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Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending August 31, 2017, from
    12,243 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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