Average Plane Ticket Cost Up 10 Percent, According to BTS

the jump reflects data from fourth quarter 2010 to 2011

Average Plane Ticket Cost Up 10 Percent, According to BTS

The average cost a plane ticket continues to rise across the board in the United States, despite the enduring volatile state of the airline industry.

According to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the average cost of domestic ticket rose to $368 in the final quarter of 2011, which was up 10 percent from an average of $335 one year prior in the fourth-quarter of 2010.

2011 fourth-quarter fares also averaged 2.1 percent higher than third-quarter fares.

cutting back on the number of flights

According to the New York Times, if airlines continue to cut back on the number of available daily flights, especially to smaller cities, fares will only continue to rise. These higher ticket prices will also inevitably come with more frequent stops and longer layovers.

In the last quarter of 2011, Cincinnati, Ohio had the highest average fare at $502, while Atlantic City, New Jersey had the lowest at $189.