ARC: US travel agency airline ticket sales still lagging

ARC: US travel agency airline ticket sales still lagging

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) today reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to the same period in 2019. These totals represent sales generated by U.S. travel agencies and processed through the ARC settlement system. Data figures are for the seven days ending October 25, 2020.

  Tickets Issued for All Itineraries:

  7-Day Period EndingTicket Variance
 vs. Same Week 2019
 Sales Variance
vs. Same Week 2019
October 4-68.0%-81.0%
October 11-66.9%-79.8%
October 18-66.1%-79.4%
October 25-66.1%-79.2%
Year-to-Date (YTD)-60.37%-67.85%

  Variances in Tickets Sold by Segment for All Itineraries:

7-Day Period EndingCorporateOnlineLeisure/Other
October 4-86.1%-51.0%-71.5%
October 11-85.7%-49.7%-69.6%
October 18-85.4%-48.1%-69.1%
October 25-84.8%-49.6%-67.6%
Year-to-Date (YTD)-69.09%-53.56% -61.34%


  • Results are based on weekly sales data ending October 25, 2020, from 11,486 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines and are not net of refunds or exchanges.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.
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