Air Transport World

Special report: travel agent commission survey shows discount passengers declining.

The dramatic improvements in yield that the world airline industry has engineered since mid-1983 are illustrated graphically by data provided in response to Air Transport World's annual travel agent commission survey.

For example, the 40 carriers who replied to the survey took in an average of $108.52 in revenue for each of the 65 million passengers they transported in the first half of 1984, an increase of nearly 11% over the $98.04 figure in the first half of 1983.

Meanwhile, revenues during the first half of 1984 soared 13% over the 1983 first half to $6.8 billion among the responding carriers, while the increase in passenger boardings was only 2% during the period.

And the percentage of passengers riding on discounted fares dropped to 63. …

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