March 2019 Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Climb as Ticket Prices Fall

ARC Reports Passenger Trips Increased More Than 3%

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#ARCdatalt;/agt;–Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated
dollar value of airline tickets sold in March 2019 by U.S.-based travel
agencies increased 3% compared to March 2018, totaling $9.3 billion vs.
$9.1 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price was $487, a $10
decrease from March 2018.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel
agencies increased 3.3% to 29,159,100 compared to 28,220,151 in March
2018. U.S. domestic trips increased 2.7% while international passenger
trips grew 4.3%.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in March 2019
totaled $7.9 million, a 4.6% increase compared to the same period in
2018. EMD transactions decreased by 8.4% in March 2019 compared to March

More detailed information is available on ARC’s

About ARC:

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC
settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines
and travel agencies, representing more than 295 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

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending March 31, 2019, from
    12,082 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite
    ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. Results do not
    include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
  • Average ticket price (in USD) for a round-trip ticket settled through
    ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel.
  • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip
    from one airport to another using either direct or connecting flights.
    Newly-issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to
    provide a net view of traveling passengers.
  • U.S. Domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through
    ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International
    passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where
    some or all of the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or
    originates outside the U.S.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which
    includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats,
    checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

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Hillary Smith