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ARC Reports Increase in October 2017 Air Ticket Sales


Passenger Trips Also Increased More Than Five Percent

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the average U.S.
roundtrip ticket price* for October 2017 was $484, up from $467 in
September. Average October 2017 ticket prices are up .7 percent compared
to October 2016.

The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based
travel agencies increased 7 percent in October as compared to October
2016, totaling $7.4 billion vs. $6.9 billion. The number of passenger
trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies also increased 5.2
percent to 22,417,336 compared to 21,307,750 in October 2016.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in October
2017 comprised almost $5.8 million, an 8.5 percent increase over October
2016. EMD transactions decreased 7.2 percent to 99,740 in October 2017
vs. 107,447 in 2016.

More detailed information is available on ARC's

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 October 31, 2017, from
    12,197 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.

©2017 Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.

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