Month-over-Month Sales and Passenger Trips Declined as Summer Air Travel Wound Down
ARLINGTON, Va. – October 19, 2023 – Today, Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) released data showing September 2023 U.S. travel agency air ticket sales increased 3% from September 2022 to $7.6 billion.* Total passenger trips declined 6% in September from August 2023, reflecting the typical slowdown in new air travel ticket purchases at the end of the summer travel period. September marked the first month since May 2023 that the average ticket price increased for U.S. domestic round-trip air tickets.
Results for September 2023 showed:
|ARC Ticketing Metric||Total||Month-Over-Month Variance||Year-Over-Year Variance|
|Total sales||$7.6 billion||-6%||+3%|
|Total passenger trips||22.1 million||-6%||+4%|
|U.S. domestic trips||14.4 million||-5%||+3%|
|International trips||7.7 million||-8%||+6%|
|Average ticket price||$537||+4%||-4%|
“Air travel demand has remained steady in 2023 while year-over-year sales and passenger trips are reverting to historic seasonality patterns,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “As airlines and other travel-related suppliers prepare for the upcoming holiday travel season, ARC’s data will continue to be a valuable resource to respond to evolving traveler demand patterns.”
September closed out a strong third quarter for U.S. travel agency air ticket sales. Total sales increased 8% year over year between July and September, while passenger trips were up 7% over the same period.
Ancillary sales increased 48% year over year to $21 million. Ancillary transactions increased 41% to 360,914 over the same period.**
More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page.
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