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U.S. Travel Agents Finish 2013 Nearly 2 Percent Ahead of 2012 in Air Ticket Sales

Ticket Transactions Remain Virtually Flat Compared to 2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 1.85 percent* year-over-year in 2013 compared to 2012. Ticket sales for 2013 totalled $86.2 billion, compared to $84.5 billion in 2012, and $82.1 billion in 2011. Sales for December 2013 totalled $5.3 million, an increase of 10.7 percent compared to December 2012.

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Ticket transactions in 2013 decreased by 0.30 percent against 2012, while transactions in 2012 were down by 0.47 percent compared to 2011. Passenger segments in 2013 decreased 0.16 percent at 363.9 million, compared to 369.9 million in 2012 and 370.4 million in 2011.

More detailed information is available at https://www.arccorp.com/news/sales-document-statistics.jsp

About ARC:
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel industry with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. In 2013, ARC settled $86 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.

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending December 31, 2013 from 13,321 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.


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