ARC predicts strong summer air travel, lower ticket prices in 2018

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) has reported that during the summer months, air travelers can expect to pay slightly less than last year, the company said.

This drop mirrors what ARC sees as a larger trend in average ticket prices, posted monthly on the company´s website. Travel sold to the top 10 destinations by U.S. travel agencies is up from 2017, showing continued strong demand for air tickets in the U.S. Like 2016 and 2017, ticket sales to Cancun continue to be the top seller this summer.

Other summer hot spots are on the rise for U.S. air travelers this summer. Ten percent more travelers will fly to Punta Cana as compared to the same period last year while Honolulu will see a 14 percent increase. Air travel to Orlando and Seattle increased eight percent year over year. New York and Los Angeles will also see a four percent increase in air travel, while air travel to Las Vegas is down eight percent although it still ranks in the top ten.

ARC said overall travel this summer is expected to be higher than last year reflecting the continued strong economic conditions.

The top 10 summer destinations by airline ticket transactions include:

1. Cancun, Mexico
2. Orlando
3. New York
4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
5. London
6. Las Vegas
7. Seattle
8. Honolulu
9. Chicago
10. Los Angeles

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