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Cancun and New York Remain Top Holiday Season Destinations for U.S. Air Travelers

November 20, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2019--

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) revealed today that Cancun and New York once again garnered the number-one spots for international and domestic air travel destinations for travelers originating in the U.S. during the Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Year’s holiday season. Strong year-over-year passenger growth to Manila for Thanksgiving (+25%) and Ho Chi Minh City for Christmas through New Year’s (+39%) helped those cities achieve a place on ARC’s top 10 list for the first time.

An analysis of ARC data also revealed that, although Punta Cana remained on both seasonal top- 10 lists, passenger volume fell 21% for each holiday compared to the same period last year, causing its ranking to slip from #3 on both lists in 2018 to #5 for Thanksgiving and #7 for the Christmas-New Year’s holiday this year.

As of November 3, 2019, holiday travel round-trip ticket prices for the top 10 destinations are running 4.5% higher than in 2018: Thanksgiving $486 (domestic), $1,043 (international) and Christmas-New Year’s $571 (domestic), $1,006 (international).

Thanksgiving Season*
The top 10 international flight destinations in 2019 are:

The top 10 domestic flight destinations in 2019 are:

*Thanksgiving Season Notes:
-Total purchased tickets examined for the Thanksgiving holiday season: 1,127,678
- All travel purchased on or before 11/03/19
- Simple round trips with U.S. origin
- Travel dates between the Saturday before Thanksgiving (11/23/19) until the Monday after (12/2/19)
- Tickets sold by U.S. travel agents, including online sites
- Does not include tickets purchased directly from airlines

Christmas – New Year’s Season **
The top 10 international flight destinations in 2019 are:

The top 10 domestic flight destinations in 2019 are:

**Christmas – New Year’s Season Notes:
-Total purchased tickets examined for the Christmas – New Year’s season: 1,111,668
- All travel purchased on or before 11/03/19
- Simple round trips with U.S. origin
- Travel dates between the Saturday before Christmas (12/21/19) until New Year’s Day (1/1/20)
- Tickets sold by U.S. travel agents, including online sites
-Does not include tickets purchased directly from airlines

About ARC:

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC provides channel-agnostic tools and insights to help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing flexible settlement solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2018, ARC settled $94.8 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.

©2019 Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.

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CONTACT: Peter Abzug

703.816.8158

pabzug@arccorp.com

KEYWORD: VIRGINIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

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SOURCE: Airlines Reporting Corp.

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