2011 air ticket sales by US travel agents increased 6.45 percent

2011 air ticket sales by US travel agents increased 6.45 percent

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 6.45 percent* year-over-year in the first eight months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, and 29 percent over the same period in 2009. January through August 2011 ticket sales totalled $57.2 billion, compared to $53.8 billion in 2010, and $44.5 billion in 2009.

Year-to-date passenger segments for the first eight months of 2011 fell 2.5 percent – at 253.1 million segments, compared to 259.5 million in 2010 – while reflecting a 4 percent increase over the same period in 2009. Ticket transactions for January through August 2011 were down slightly, at -2.04 percent compared to the same period in 2010, while up 6 percent over the same period in 2009.