AIR FARES AND PASSENGER VOLUME FOR THE TOP FIVE MAJOR SHORT ROUTES

AIR FARES AND PASSENGER VOLUME FOR THE TOP FIVE MAJOR SHORT ROUTES

Average and Low Air Fares: Most Heavily Travelled Routes of 750 Miles and Less (quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Average and Low Air Fares: Most Heavily Travelled Routes of 750 Miles and Less (quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted)

NOTE: Blue hatched portion of bar = lowest average fare for an airline meeting the criteria in the text.

Red portion of bar = the difference between the average fare for all airlines, and the lowest average fare airline.

Blue hatched + red portions of bar = the average fare for the market.

Passenger air fares are a measure of the price of air travel between cities. Major short routes consist of the top five routes of 750 miles and less by number of passengers for the most recent quarter. Large markets consist of the top 1,000 passenger markets at all distances, plus routes that have previously achieved this distinction. Low fares are the lowest average fare for an airline serving at least 10 percent of passengers in the market, or the airline with the lowest average fare, if there is only one airline with at least a 10 percent share.

In the fourth quarter of 2000, there were 539 large-market routes of 750 miles or less.

Consumer air fares (less than 750 miles) Q4 99 Q4 00 % Change
Chicago to New York (728 miles)      
Chicago to New York Average Fare ($)   212   245  15.57
Chicago to New York Low Fare ($)   189   157 -16.93
Chicago to New York Daily Passengers 7,336 7,304  -0.44
Boston to New York (185 miles)      
Boston to New York Average Fare ($)   139   145   4.32
Boston to New York Low Fare ($)   129   126  -2.33
Boston to New York Daily Passengers 7,096 6,883  -3.00
New York to Washington DC (214 miles)      
New York to Washington DC Average Fare ($)   127   133   4.72
New York to Washington DC Low Fare ($)   120   121   0.83
New York to Washington DC Daily Passengers 6,342 5,889  -7.14
Dallas to Houston (236 miles)      
Dallas to Houston Average Fare ($)    80    84   5.00
Dallas to Houston Low Fare ($)    77    81   5.19
Dallas to Houston Daily Passengers 5,444 5,421  -0.42
Las Vegas to Los Angeles (236 miles)      
Las Vegas to Los Angeles Average Fare ($)    63    71  12.70
Las Vegas to Los Angeles Low Fare ($)    55    63  14.55
Las Vegas to Los Angeles Daily Passengers 5,469 4,782 -12.56

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Average fares are based on the one-way cost for all paying customers and exclude passengers that fly for free such as those using a frequent flyer program. City-pairs include all airports in each city.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, and http://ostpxweb.ost.dot.gov/aviation/.