ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies stayed relatively flat at -0.58 percent year-over-year in the five months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
This totaled $39.0 billion vs. $39.3 billion in 2012 and $36.7 billion in 2011. Sales for May 2013 were down slightly at -0.27 percent to 8.1 billion compared to May 2012 at $8.2 billion, ARC said.
Ticket transactions for the first five months of 2013 also remained flat at -0.67 percent over the same period in 2012 at 64.2 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 2.0 percent to 147.3 million compared to 150.3 million in the five months of 2012 and 149.6 million in 2011, ARC reported.