U.S. travel agents start new year with strong air ticket sales

U.S. travel agents start new year with strong 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 10.7 percent* in the first month of 2012 compared to January 2011, and 22.3 percent over the same period in 2010. January 2012 ticket sales totalled $7.3 billion, compared to $6.6 billion in 2011, and $5.9 billion in 2010.

Year-to-date passenger segments in January 2012 fell 2.3 percent – at 27.7 million segments, compared to 28.3 million in January 2011 – while reflecting a slight .86 percent decrease over the same period in 2010. Ticket transactions in January 2012 were up, at 3.2 percent compared to the same period in 2011, and 5.4 percent over the same period in 2010.