ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 4.78 percent year-over-year in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, totaling $70.6 billion versus $67.3 billion in 2013.
Sales for September 2014 were up 5.72 percent at $7.5 billion compared to September 2013 at $7 billion, ARC says. ARC's totals include 200 carriers reporting and 12,968 retail locations: 347 STP location and 1,678 VTC locations are included. Average daily sales totaled $16,653.
Ticket transactions through September 2014 increased 2.65 percent over the same period in 2013 to 114 million. Year-to-date passenger segments increased 2.76 percent to 285.6 million, compared to 277.4 million in 2013.