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March 2019 Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Climb As Ticket Prices Fall

ARC Reports Passenger Trips Increased More Than 3%
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March 2019 Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Climb as Ticket Prices Fall

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in March 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 3% compared to March 2018, totaling $9.3 billion vs. $9.1 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price was $487, a $10 decrease from March 2018.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 3.3% to 29,159,100 compared to 28,220,151 in March 2018. U.S. domestic trips increased 2.7% while international passenger trips grew 4.3%.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in March 2019 totaled $7.9 million, a 4.6% increase compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transactions decreased by 8.4% in March 2019 compared to March 2018.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending March 31, 2019, from 12,082 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 round-trip 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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