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.
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**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)
An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC provides channel-agnostic tools and insights to help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing flexible settlement solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2018, ARC settled $94.8 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.