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U.S. Travel Agents Second Quarter Air Ticket Sales Experience Slight Dip in 2013 vs. 2012

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ARLINGTON, Va., July 16, 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 experienced a slight drop at -0.71 percent* year-over-year in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $46.1 billion vs. $46.4 billion in 2012 and $44 billion in 2011. Sales for June 2013 were down -1.38 percent at $7.1 billion compared to June 2012 at $7.2 billion.

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Ticket transactions for the first six months of 2013 also decreased -1.17 percent to 76 million over the same period in 2012 at 76.5 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased -2.0 percent to 181.7 million compared to 185.4 million in the six months of 2012 and 184.6 million in 2011.

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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. Nearly 14,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2012 totaled more than $84 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit

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*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending June 30, 2013 from 13,736 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.

©2013 Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.



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