Average Monthly Ticket Price Falls Below Year-Over-Year Levels for the First Time Since 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. – May 18, 2023 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing U.S. travel agency air ticket sales totaled $8.7 billion in April 2023, a 13% year-over-year increase.* April was the fourth consecutive month of sales exceeding $8 billion. Sales for the first four months of the year were at the highest level seen since the same period in 2019.
The average U.S. round-trip air travel ticket price sold in April declined for the second straight month. The April 2023 average ticket price ($551) was lower than April 2022 ($585), marking the first time monthly average ticket price declined year over year since February 2021.
Results for April 2023 showed:
|ARC Ticketing Metric||Total||Month-Over-Month Variance||Year-Over-Year Variance|
|Total passenger trips||23,518,094||-9%||+5%|
|U.S. domestic trips||14,467,807||-8%||-0.4%|
|Average ticket price||$551||-1%||-6%|
“Monthly sales totals through the first four months of 2023 point to a potentially record-setting year for travel agency air ticket sales,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “Despite slight month-over-month declines in sales and passenger trips, corporate and leisure air ticket purchases continue to outpace 2022 levels and international travel demand remains strong.”
Ancillary sales increased 70% year over year to $25,161,935. Ancillary transactions increased 63% to 365,851 over the same period.**
More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page.
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