As demand continues to rise for air travel, new federal statistics show that domestic airfares last summer set a record for the period.
In the July through September quarter, the average domestic airfare rose to $361, a 6% increase over the same period in 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The average airfare for the third quarter of 2011 was 0.5% higher than the previous record high, $359 for the same period in 2008, according to the bureau.
The bureau calculates the fare by taking an average of all domestic fares, including round-trip tickets and one-way fares.
The average fare, not adjusted for inflation, is the second highest amount for any quarter, behind the second quarter of 2011 when the average price was $370, according to the bureau.