The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 4.97 percent year-over-year in the first two months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, ARC reports, 15 percent over the same period in 2010.
January and February 2012 ticket sales totaled $14.2 billion, compared to $13.5 billion in 2011, and $12.1 billion in 2010, ARC said.
Year-to-date passenger segments for the first two months of 2012 increased slightly by 0.57 percent – at 54.5 million segments, compared to 54.2 million in 2011 – while reflecting a -0.23 percent decrease over the same period in 2010.
ARC said ticket transactions for January and February 2012 were down slightly, at -0.67 percent compared to the same period in 2011, while down by -0.48 percent over the same period in 2010.
ARC's results are based on sales data ending February29, 2012 from 13,992 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printing offices, and online travel agencies. It does 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, ARC said.