2017 Eclipse Travel


ARC Finds Air Travel to Totality Cities Nearly Doubled for Solar Eclipse

Tickets Purchased to Kansas City, Mo. Increased 249 Percent

ARLINGTON, Va. – August 30, 2017 – The August 21 solar eclipse proved to be a highlight of the 2017 summer travel season as air travel to cities located along the path of totality nearly doubled for the weekend prior to the eclipse compared to 2016*, according to analysis by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC).

The number of air travel tickets purchased to totality cities went up an average of 55 percent for Friday arrival, 136 percent for Saturday arrival and 52 percent for Sunday arrival compared to the same weekend last year. Kansas City, Missouri and Knoxville, Tennessee had the largest percentage increase for Saturday travel at 249 percent and 200 percent respectively, more than three times the travelers than in 2016.

ARC’s analysis found that the following cities in the path of totality had the most dramatic increases over the prior year:

  • Columbia, S.C.: 43, 113 and 124 percent
  • Kansas City, Mo.: 94, 249 and 52 percent
  • Knoxville, Tenn.: 127, 200 and 70 percent
  • Nashville, Tenn.: 31, 125 and 27 percent
  • Omaha, Neb.: 67, 187 and 99 percent
  • Portland, Ore.: 39, 91and 60 percent
  • St. Louis, Mo.: 92, 187 and 37 percent

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 nearly 7,000 travel agencies with more than 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 www.arccorp.com and www.twitter.com/arctalk. Have you registered for TravelConnect? October 19-20, 2017 | Washington, D.C., www.arctravelconnect.com. #TravelConnect2017

Hillary Smith

*Notes for Editors:

  • Results are based on roundtrip international and domestic flights sold through U.S. travel agencies to Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; Omaha, Neb.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo. and Columbia, S.C.
  • Travel includes trips from August 18-20, 2017 and August 19-21, 2016.

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