Total Passenger Trips Continued to Rise Month over Month Despite Increased Airfare
ARLINGTON, Va. – April 21, 2022 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales totaling $7.8 billion in March 2022, a 180% increase year over year from March 2021.* The net sales total marks a second consecutive pandemic high and the first time sales have eclipsed $7 billion since February 2020.
Month over month, March 2022 results showed:
“March’s sales were fueled by strong growth in corporate travel, which improved from 60% of pre-pandemic levels in the first week of March to 70% of pre-pandemic levels in the last week,” said Steve Solomon, vice president of global customers and data products at ARC. “Despite rising airfares, the number of passenger trips continued to accelerate as international travel bookings neared pre-pandemic levels.”
In March 2022, total passenger trips settled by ARC increased 74% year over year from 14.3 million to 24.9 million. International trips nearly doubled year over year, totaling 8.7 million, while U.S. domestic trips increased 64% to 16.3 million in the same period.
The average U.S. round-trip ticket price in March 2022 was $540, a 41% increase from $382 in March 2021. The March 2022 average eclipsed pre-pandemic levels by 11%, when the average ticket price was $487. The last time this average was above $530 was in June 2015, when the average ticket price was $548.
March 2022 EMD sales increased 103% year over year to $11,739,523. EMD transactions increased 86% to 232,848 over the same period.**
**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)
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