U.S. Travel Agencies' End Third Quarter Slightly Ahead of 2012 in Air Ticket Sales
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.
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
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.