U.S. Travel Agencies' End Third Quarter Slightly Ahead of 2012 in Air Ticket Sales September Sales Seven-Percent Ahead of Same Period Last Year

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 14, 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 increased 1.05 percent* year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $67.3 billion vs. $66.6 billion in 2012. Sales for September 2013 were $7 million, a 7 percent increase over September 2012.

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As of September 30, ticket transactions for 2013 were basically flat at -0.81 percent over the same period in 2012 to 111 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 2 percent to 277.6 million compared to 283.2 million in the eight months of 2012 and 283.3 million in 2011.

More detailed information is available at https://www.arccorp.com/news/stat/2013-09.jsp

About ARC:
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network 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.

Contacts:
Peter Abzug                     
703.816.8158                  
pabzug@arccorp.com   

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending September 30, 2013 from 13,650 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.

SOURCE ARC



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