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October Air Ticket Sales Climb 11 Percent in 2018 vs. 2017

Travel Agent News for Airline Ticket Sales from Airline Reporting Commission

ARC Data Shows International Passenger Trips Increased 10 Percent in October


ARLINGTON, Va. – November 14, 2018 Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased nearly 11 percent in October as compared to October 2017, totaling $8.2 billion vs. $7.4 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price for October 2018 was $509, up $23 from the same time in 2017.


The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased approximately 5 percent to 25,023,323 compared to 23,914,873 in October 2017. U.S. domestic trips increased more than 2 percent while international passenger trips increased nearly 10 percent.


Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in October 2018 totaled $6.1 million, an almost 6 percent increase compared to October 2017. EMD transactions also increased 0.92 percent to 100,655 in October 2018 vs. 99,740 in October 2017.


More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.



About ARC

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit