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Mexico and New York Are Top Holiday Destinations for Air Travelers

Travel Agent News for Top Destinations for 2018 Christmas Season

ARC Data Also Shows Travel Increased to Many European Destinations



ARLINGTON, Va. – December 17, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported today that air ticket sales are up for many popular European destinations this Christmas-New Year’s season compared to 2017. The number of air tickets sold for travel to the United Kingdom is up 20 percent compared with the same period last year. Italy is up 21 percent while France and Spain are up 12 percent.


Domestic air travel for the Christmas-New Year’s season decreased in 2018 compared to last year. Holiday air travel is down 14 percent for flights to Washington, D.C., 12 percent for San Francisco, 8 percent for Los Angeles, 6 percent for Boston and 5 percent for New York.


Overall, holiday travel round-trip ticket prices are on par with 2017. The average ticket price changed less than 1 percent year-over-year.


The top 10 international Christmas-New Year’s seasonal flight destinations in 2018 are:

  1. Mexico
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Dominican Republic
  4. Jamaica
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. Italy
  7. France
  8. Spain and Canary Islands
  9. Bahamas
  10. Germany


The top 10 city Christmas-New Year’s seasonal flight destinations in 2018 are:

  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Seattle
  5. Chicago
  6. Orlando
  7. Denver
  8. Boston
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Cancun




An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit