May 2018 Sales

2018 News Releases

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

EMD Sales Surge 19 Percent in May 2018 vs. 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – June 19, 2018 – 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 website.

Hillary Smith

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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