Market Overview

July Air Ticket Sales up 11 Percent in 2018 Vs. 2017


ARC Data Shows Passenger Trips Also Increased Nearly 5 Percent in

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated
dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies
increased nearly 11 percent in July as compared to July 2017, totaling
$7.7 billion vs. $6.9 billion.* The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price
for July 2018 was $485, up $11 from the same time in 2017.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel
agencies increased nearly 5 percent to 24,202,477 compared to 23,066,639
in July 2017. U.S. domestic trips increased approximately 3 percent
while international passenger trips increased nearly 8 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in July 2018
comprised $6.4 million, a 30 percent increase compared to July 2017. EMD
transactions increased 36 percent to 118,511 in July 2018 vs. 86,981 in
June 2017.

More detailed information is available on ARC's

About ARC:

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC
settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines
and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips.
ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and
access to the world's most comprehensive air ticket transaction data,
helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For
more information, please visit

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending July 31, 2018, from
    12,263 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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