Market Overview

ARC Data Shows 5.7 Percent Increase in Passenger Trips to Start Off 2018


EMD Transactions Jump 7 Percent in January Compared to Same Period
in 2017

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the number of
passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 5.7
percent to 25,994,191 compared to 24,602,294 in January 2017. The
consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel
agencies increased 8.4 percent in January as compared to 2017, totaling
$8.4 billion vs. $7.7 billion.

The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for January 2018 was $458, down
$15 from December 2017. Average January 2018 ticket prices are down
approximately two percent compared to January 2017.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in January
2018 comprised almost $7.3 million, a 23 percent increase compared to
January 2017. EMD transactions also increased seven percent to 119,567
in January 2018 vs. 103,329 in 2017.

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 2017, ARC settled
$88.5 billion worth of airline 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 January 31, 2018, from
    12,076 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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