Market Overview

ARC Finds Nearly Six Percent Increase in Air Ticket Sales in May 2018


EMD Sales Surge 19 Percent in May 2018 vs. 2017

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated
dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies
increased nearly 6 percent in May as compared to May 2017, totaling $8.8
billion vs. $8.3 billion. The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for
May 2018 was $496, down $10 from the same time in 2017.

The total number of passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel
agencies increased 3 percent to 25,007,890 compared to 24,210,177 in May
2017. U.S. domestic trips increased nearly 3 percent while international
passenger trips increased 4 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in May 2018
comprised more than $8.8 million, a 19 percent increase compared to May
2017. EMD transactions decreased 11 percent to 114,420 in May 2018 vs.
128,221 in May 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 May 31, 2018, from
    12,262 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.
  • U.S. Domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through
    ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International
    passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where
    some or all of the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or
    originates outside the U.S.
  • 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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