Agent Air Sales Ahead 5 Percent Ahead

airlineARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 5.11 percent year-over-year in the first seven months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. This is 11.8 percent over the same period in 2010. From January through July 2012, ticket sales totaled $53.1 billion, compared to $50.5 billion in 2011 and $47.5 billion in 2010, ARC says.

Year-to-date passenger segments for the first seven months of 2012 increased slightly by 0.16 percent – at 219.9 million segments, compared to 219.5 million in 2011 – while reflecting a 2.33 percent decrease from the same period in 2010, ARC said.

Ticket transactions between January and July 2012 were flat at 0.27 percent over the same period in 2011, while down by 1.8 percent compared to the same period in 2010.

Retail locations reporting dropped to 13,781. Satellite (STP) locations hit 537 while Verified (VTC) Locations reached 1,512/  Average daily sales for the calendar month were $13,656.

ARC's results are based on sales data ending July 31, 2012 from 14,318 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. They 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.