Thursday, 21 November 2019

Cancun and New York Remain Top Holiday Season Destinations for US Air Travellers

Airlines Reporting Corp. revealed this week that Cancun and New York once again garnered the number-one spots for international and domestic air travel destinations for travellers 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:

Cancun
London
Montego Bay
Manila
Punta Cana
Paris
Los Cabos
Bangkok
Tel Aviv
New Delhi


The top 10 domestic flight destinations in 2019 are:

New York
Orlando
Las Vegas
Chicago
Los Angeles
Dallas
Denver
San Francisco
Miami
Atlanta
*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:

Cancun
London
Manila
Montego Bay
Paris
Los Cabos
Punta Cana
Puerto Vallarta
Mexico City
Ho Chi Minh City

The top 10 domestic flight destinations in 2019 are:

New York
Orlando
Los Angeles
Denver
Honolulu
Miami
Las Vegas
Ft. Lauderdale
Phoenix
San Francisco
**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








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