Ne*ws Releases

With Two Months Left, U.S. Travel Agencies' Air Ticket Sales Slightly Ahead of 2012

Year-Over-Year Transactions Still Down by Less than One Percent


ARLINGTON, Va. - November 18, 2013 - 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 1.34 percent* year-over-year in the first ten months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $74.7 billion vs. $73.7 billion in 2012. Sales for October 2013 were $7.3 million, a 4.1 percent increase over October 2012.

As of October 31, ticket transactions for 2013 remained virtually flat at -0.64 percent with 123.2 million transactions versus 124 million transactions over the same period in 2012. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 1.9 percent to 308 million compared to 314.1 million in the ten months of 2012 and 313.9 million in 2011.

More detailed information is available at https://www.arccorp.com/news/stat/2013-10.jsp

Notes for Editors:
*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending October 31, 2013 from 13,597 U.S. retail and corporate travel agent locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies.
  • Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

About ARC:
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel industry with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. In 2012, ARC settled $84 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for more than 9,400 travel agencies with 15,000 points of sale. By providing world-class business services and products, ARC enables participating agencies and 191 carriers to focus on what's important - increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.