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Annual U.S. Domestic Average Itinerary Fare in Current and Constant Dollars

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BTS reports average fares based on domestic itinerary fares. Itinerary fares consist of round-trip fares, unless the customer does not purchase a return trip. In that case, the one-way fare is included. Fares are based on the total ticket value, which consists of the price charged by the airlines plus any additional taxes and fees levied by an outside entity at the time of purchase. Fares include only the price paid at the time of the ticket purchase and do not include fees for optional services, such as baggage fees. Averages do not include frequent-flyer or “zero fares.” Constant 2017 dollars are used for inflation adjustment.

Year 2017 constant dollars* Current dollars
Average Fare ($) Percent Change Average Fare ($) Percent Change
From Previous Year (%) Cumulative from 1995 (%) From Previous Year (%) Cumulative from 1995 (%)
1995 468     292    
1996 430 -8.0 -8.0 277 -5.3 -5.3
1997 437 1.5 -6.7 287 3.8 -1.7
1998 463 6.0 -1.1 309 7.6 5.8
1999 474 2.5 1.4 324 4.7 10.8
2000 480 1.3 2.7 339 4.7 16.0
2001 442 -8.0 -5.6 321 -5.4 9.7
2002 424 -4.1 -9.4 312 -2.6 6.9
2003 418 -1.3 -10.6 315 1.0 7.9
2004 395 -5.7 -15.7 305 -3.2 4.5
2005 384 -2.7 -17.9 307 0.6 5.2
2006 398 3.6 -15.0 329 6.9 12.4
2007 383 -3.7 -18.2 325 -1.0 11.3
2008 393 2.6 -16.1 346 6.5 18.5
2009 353 -10.1 -24.5 310 -10.4 6.2
2010 376 6.5 -19.6 336 8.3 15.0
2011 395 4.9 -15.6 364 8.3 24.5
2012 398 0.9 -14.9 375 3.0 28.3
2013 400 0.5 -14.5 382 1.9 30.7
2014 404 0.9 -13.7 392 2.5 34.1
2015 388 -3.9 -17.0 377 -3.8 29.0
2016 355 -8.5 -24.1 349 -7.4 19.5
2017 (thru 2Q) 354 -0.3 -24.4 354 1.4 21.1

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Rate calculated using Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index.

Note: Percent change based on unrounded numbers