April 2018 Sales

2018 News Releases

ARC Data Shows Nearly 10 Percent Increase in Air Ticket Sales in April 2018

Passenger Trips Increased 9.4 Percent in April 2018 vs. 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – May 16, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased nearly 10 percent in April as compared to April 2017, totaling $8.6 billion vs. $7.8 billion. The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for April 2018 was $484, down $11 from March. Average April 2018 ticket prices are down approximately 3.5 percent compared to April 2017.

The total number of passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 9.4 percent to 25,150,687 compared to 22,997,115 in April 2017. U.S. domestic trips increased nearly 9 percent while international passenger trips increased 10.6 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in April 2018 comprised more than $6.9 million, a 12.5 percent decrease compared to April 2017. EMD transactions also decreased 13 percent to 121,097 in April 2018 vs. 139,349 in April 2017.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

Hillary Smith

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending April 30, 2018, from 12,032 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.


As a leader in air travel intelligence and omnichannel retailing, ARC provides platforms, tools and insights that help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing innovative technology, flexible settlement solutions and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2019, ARC managed more than $97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.