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ARC Finds Nearly Six Percent Increase in Air Ticket Sales in May 2018

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EMD Sales Surge 19 Percent in May 2018 vs. 2017



ARLINGTON, Va. – June 19, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased nearly 6 percent in May as compared to May 2017, totaling $8.8 billion vs. $8.3 billion. The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price* for May 2018 was $496, down $10 from the same time in 2017.


The total number of passenger trips* settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 3 percent to 25,007,890 compared to 24,210,177 in May 2017. U.S. domestic trips increased nearly 3 percent while international passenger trips increased 4 percent.


Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in May 2018 comprised more than $8.8 million, a 19 percent increase compared to May 2017. EMD transactions decreased 11 percent to 114,420 in May 2018 vs. 128,221 in May 2017.


More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.



About ARC

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2017, ARC settled $88.5 billion worth of airline ticket transactions for more than 7,000 travel agencies with 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit and