ARC: US travel agencies’ air ticket sales down 4.7 percent


ARLINGTON, VA – Airlines Reporting Corp (ARC), the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by US-based travel agencies decreased 4.7 percent in the first month of 2016, compared to the same month in 2015, totaling $7.3 billion vs. $7.7 billion.

Ticket transactions increased 3.9 percent in January 2016 vs. 2015 to 13.9 million, pointing to the overall impact of lower airfares compared to one year ago.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales comprised $2.8 million of the total sales in January vs. $862,000 over the same period in 2015. EMD transactions increased to 42,000 in January 2016 compared to 7,100 during the same time period in 2015.