Figure 5: Average Cost of Airfare for Domestic Flights Operated by Legacy Carriers (2010 dollars) - Q1 2000 to Q4 2010
(Data are quarterly, adjusted for inflation)
NOTE: Fuel price is the average of all fuel used for scheduled and nonscheduled domestic flights for the selected carriers shown in each graph. Average airfare adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for airline fare, base year 2010 = 278.186. Average fuel cost per gallon adjusted for inflation using the CPI for fuel oil and other fuels, base year 2010 = 275.132. Legacy carriers include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways. TWA, Northwest, and America West are included as these carriers merged with American Airlines, Delta, and US Airways, respectively.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, OND (U.S. Carriers, average airfare) and Form 41 Financial Data Schedule P12a (fuel data) as of July 6, 2011.