ARC: US travel agency air ticket sales decline


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 2.8 percent in the first two months of 2016, compared to 2015, totaling $15 billion vs. $15.4 billion.

February 2016 ticket sales were virtually flat, decreasing 0.8 percent to $7.7 billion against the same month last year. Ticket transactions increased 5.9 percent to 14.1 million in 2016 vs. 2015, pointing to the overall effect of lower airfares.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales comprised $5.5 million of the year-to-date sales vs. $2.1 million in 2015, and $2.8 million of the February 2016 sales, compared to $1.2 million in February 2015. EMD transactions increased to 73,383 so far in 2016 vs. 14,440 in 2015.