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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 2016 dollars are used for inflation adjustment.

Year 2016 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 459     292    
1996 422 -8.0 -8.0 277 -5.3 -5.3
1997 429 1.5 -6.7 287 3.8 -1.7
1998 454 6.0 -1.1 309 7.6 5.8
1999 466 2.5 1.4 324 4.7 10.8
2000 472 1.3 2.7 339 4.7 16.0
2001 434 -8.0 -5.6 321 -5.4 9.7
2002 416 -4.1 -9.4 312 -2.6 6.9
2003 410 -1.3 -10.6 315 1.0 7.9
2004 387 -5.7 -15.7 305 -3.2 4.5
2005 377 -2.7 -17.9 307 0.6 5.2
2006 390 3.6 -15.0 329 6.9 12.4
2007 376 -3.7 -18.2 325 -1.0 11.3
2008 385 2.6 -16.1 346 6.5 18.5
2009 346 -10.1 -24.5 310 -10.4 6.2
2010 369 6.5 -19.6 336 8.3 15.0
2011 387 4.9 -15.6 364 8.3 24.5
2012 391 0.9 -14.9 375 3.0 28.3
2013 393 0.5 -14.5 382 1.9 30.7
2014 396 0.9 -13.7 392 2.5 34.1
2015 381 -3.9 -17.0 377 -3.8 29.0
2016 (thru 3Q) 349 -8.3 -23.9 349 -7.4 19.5

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

Note: Percent change based on unrounded numbers