Average and Low Air Fares: Most Heavily Travelled Routes of 750 Miles and Less (quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted)
NOTE: Blue 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 + 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 third quarter of 2000, there were 534 large-market routes of 750 miles or less.
|Consumer air fares (less than 750 miles)||Q3 99||Q3 00||% Change|
|Chicago to New York (729 miles)|
|Chicago to New York Average Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||18.26||19.97||9.37|
|Chicago to New York Low Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||15.96||19.26||20.68|
|Chicago to New York Daily Passengers||7,214||7,637||5.86|
|Boston to New York (185 miles)|
|Boston to New York Average Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||45.25||46.22||2.13|
|Boston to New York Low Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||41.70||40.28||-3.39|
|Boston to New York Daily Passengers||6,361||6,566||3.22|
|New York to Washington DC (214 miles)|
|New York to Washington DC Average Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||35.49||35.63||0.41|
|New York to Washington DC Low Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||33.53||32.39||-3.39|
|New York to Washington DC Daily Passengers||5,787||5,765||-0.38|
|Dallas to Houston (236 miles)|
|Dallas to Houston Average Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||20.52||20.81||1.38|
|Dallas to Houston Low Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||20.02||20.07||0.28|
|Dallas to Houston Daily Passengers||5,487||5,652||3.01|
|Las Vegas to Los Angeles (236 miles)|
|Las Vegas to Los Angeles Average Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||16.22||17.14||5.67|
|Las Vegas to Los Angeles Low Fare (1982-84 4/mile)||16.22||16.89||4.16|
|Las Vegas to Los Angeles Daily Passengers||5,448||5,324||-2.28|
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/.