ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 stayed relatively flat at -0.58 percent* year-over-year in the five months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $39.0 billion vs. $39.3 billion in 2012 and $36.7 billion in 2011. Sales for May 2013 were down slightly at -0.27 percent to 8.1 billion compared to May 2012 at $8.2 billion.
Ticket transactions for the first five months of 2013 also remained flat at -0.67 percent over the same period in 2012 at 64.2 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 2.0 percent to 147.3 million compared to 150.3 million in the five months of 2012 and 149.6 million in 2011.
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Notes for Editors:
- Results based on monthly sales data ending May 31, 2013 from 13,765 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, 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.
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