ARC Data Shows Air Ticket Sales Increased 8 Percent in September
ARLINGTON, Va. – October 16, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 8.1 percent in September as compared to September 2017, totaling $7.5 billion vs. $7 billion.* The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price for September 2018 was $498, up $30 from the same time in 2017.
The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 2 percent to 23,599,833 compared to 23,106,672 in September 2017. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 2 percent while international passenger trips increased more than 10 percent.
Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in September 2018 comprised $5.4 million, a nearly 3 percent increase compared to September 2017. EMD transactions increased approximately 6 percent to 95,281 in September 2018 vs. 90,356 in September 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.