Airlines Reporting Corporation
US travel agents air ticket sales continue to run 5 percent ahead of 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. - ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 5.11 percent year-over-year in the first seven months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, and 11.8 percent over the same period in 2010. From January through July 2012, ticket sales totalled $53.1 billion, compared to $50.5 billion in 2011, and $47.5 billion in 2010.
Year-to-date passenger segments for the first seven months of 2012 increased slightly by 0.16 percent – at 219.9 million segments, compared to 219.5 million in 2011 – while reflecting a 2.33 percent decrease from the same period in 2010. Ticket transactions between January and July 2012 were flat at 0.27 percent over the same period in 2011, while down by 1.8 percent compared to the same period in 2010.