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U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Up Nearly 6 Percent in January

Total transactions increased more than 11 percent vs. 2016


ARLINGTON, Va. – Feb. 15, 2017 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 5.6 percent* in January 2017 as compared to 2016, totaling $7.7 billion vs. $7.3 billion. Total fares were also up nearly 6 percent as well as ticket transactions, which increased 11 percent to 15.5 million vs. 14 million in January 2016.

International travel also saw an uptick. International fares increased nearly 8 percent to approximately $3 billion in January compared to $2.7 billion in 2016. International transactions were also up more than 14 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised nearly $6 million, a 110 percent increase over 2016. EMD transactions increased 146 percent to more than 103,300 in January 2017 vs. nearly 42,000 in 2016.

More detailed information is available at https://www.arccorp.com/data.jsp.

About ARC:
The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2016, ARC settled $86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for nearly 7,000 travel agencies with more than 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com and www.twitter.com/arctalk.

Contact:
Hillary Smith
703.341.1207
hsmith@arccorp.com

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending January 31, 2017, from 12,614 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency 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.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.