According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares are 2.15% higher in 2023 versus 2018 (a $2.15 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2023: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 0.43% per year. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2018 would cost $102.15 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.91% during this same period, inflation for airfare was significantly lower.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by -3.94%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for airfare during the 2018-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), inflation for airfare was much lower.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Airline fares: