Air Ticket Sales by U.S. Travel Agencies Running Flat in 2013 vs. 2012

May 13, 2013, 14:53 ET from ARC

ARLINGTON, Va., May 13, 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 -0.66 percent* year-over-year in the four months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $30.8 billion vs. $31.0 billion in 2012 and $29.2 billion in 2011. Sales for April 2013 rose 1.44 percent to 7.8 billion compared to April 2012 at $7.7 billion.


Ticket transactions for the first four months of 2013 also remained flat at -0.61 percent over the same period in 2012 at 51.3 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 1.91 percent to 115.3 million compared to 117.5 million in the four months of 2012 and 116.5 million in 2011.

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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

Notes for Editors:
*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending April 30, 2013 from 13,795 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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