Cancun, Mexico, continues to be the top destination for summer travelers
flying from the U.S., according to Airlines Reporting Corporation’s
(ARC) annual top 10 summer travel analysis. This is the fourth
consecutive year that Cancun took the number one spot despite a 3.3%
decrease in passenger volume when compared to the same period*
in 2018. Las Vegas (No. 5) saw an 8% increase in passengers, the highest
of the top 10 group. Average passenger counts and airfares across the
group were virtually flat, down 1.6% and 1% respectively when compared
to the same period in 2018.
Los Angeles (No. 9) saw the second highest increase in passengers at
1.5% while the average ticket price to Honolulu (No. 8) decreased the
greatest, down 8%, when compared to last year. Conversely, passenger
volume to Seattle (No. 7) dropped 6.4%, and the average ticket price to
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, grew by 4.7%.
“When we took a holistic look at the top 10 summer destinations in terms
of passenger volume, we saw that the levels stayed steady and strong,”
said ARC Managing Director of Data Science, Chuck Thackston. “And since
the average cost of a ticket also remained effectively unchanged,
vacationing in the U.S. and abroad continues to be a great deal.”
The top 10 summer destinations by airline ticket transactions include:
1. Cancun, Mexico
2. New York
3. Orlando, Florida
5. Las Vegas
6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
9. Los Angeles
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 www.arccorp.com.
*Notes for Editors:
Results are based on roundtrip air tickets purchased from U.S. travel
agencies, including online agencies, to worldwide destinations.
Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from
Travel includes trips from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018 and
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