ARC Data Shows International Passenger Trips Increased 6 Percent in August
ARLINGTON, Va. – September 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 9 percent in August as compared to August 2017, totaling $8 billion vs. $7.4 billion.* The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price for August 2018 was $485, up $28 from the same time in 2017.
The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 1 percent to 24,944,240 compared to 24,703,640 in August 2017. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 1 percent while international passenger trips increased nearly 6 percent.
Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in August 2018 comprised $6.4 million, a 6 percent increase compared to August 2017. EMD transactions increased 11 percent to 113,509 in August 2018 vs. 102,462 in August 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.