Market Overview

ARC Data Shows Decrease in Airline Ticket Sales for September 2017


Average Ticket Prices Are Down 1.2 Percent YoY

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the average U.S.
roundtrip ticket price* for September 2017 was $467, up from $456 in
August. Average September 2017 ticket prices are down 1.2 percent
compared to September 2016.

The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based
travel agencies decreased 1.3 percent in September as compared to
September 2016, totaling $7 billion vs. $7.1 billion. The number of
passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies also decreased
1.2 percent to 21,492,539 compared to 21,753,323 in September 2016.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in September
2017 comprised almost $5.3 million, a nearly 8 percent decrease over
September 2016. EMD transactions also decreased approximately 16 percent
to 90,355 in September 2017 vs. 107,344 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
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Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending September 30, 2017,
    from 12,214 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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