Average air fares at the end of 2016 hit their lowest levels since 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Nationally, the average fares purchased were $347 in the fourth quarter, according to the federal data released Tuesday. That’s down 6.1 percent from a year ago.
While average fares have declined, airlines collect revenue from more sources, such as baggage fees.
In Atlanta, the average air fare in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $339.43, also the lowest level since 2009. It was down 8 percent from a year ago.
The fares are for round-trips, except for when a one-way fare is purchased, in which case the one-way fare is counted. One-way fares made up 36 percent of the fares calculated for the quarter.