Average U.S. Round-trip Ticket Price Up 26% Compared to Last Year
ARLINGTON, Va. – December 16, 2021 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales surpassed $4 billion for the second consecutive month, with total sales of $4.5 billion in November 2021. The total represents a 279% year-over-year increase from $1.2 billion in November 2020.*
Month over month, November 2021 results showed:
“Pre-pandemic, month-over-month sales and passenger trips typically decline from October to November. The U.S. opening its borders to vaccinated international travelers on November 8 coupled with rising ticket prices helped increase total sales despite the overall number of trips declining,” said Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing, operations and customer experience at ARC. “We will continue to monitor demand changes due to the omicron variant and some countries reinstating travel and border restrictions.”
Total passenger trips settled by ARC in November 2021 increased 140% year over year from 6.9 million to 16.7 million. U.S. domestic passenger trips increased 144% to 11.4 million, while international passenger trips increased 132% to 5.3 million. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price in November 2021 was $464, a 26% increase from $368 in November 2020.
Year over year, November 2021 EMD sales increased 229% to $8,692,372. EMD transactions increased 187% to 167,230.**
**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)
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