U.S. Travel Agents Increase Air Sales

airplaneARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies experienced an increase of 0.25 percent year-over-year in the first seven months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. The totals: $53.3 billion vs. $53.1 billion in 2012 and $50.5 billion in 2011. Sales for July 2013 were up 6.86 percent at $7.1 billion compared to July 2012 at $6.7 billion and July 2011 at $6.5 billion.

192 carriers are included in the report as are 13,292 retail locations, 409 STP locations and 1,613 VTC locations. Average daily sales (calendar month) totaled $15,084, ARC said.

ARC said ticket transactions for the first seven months of 2013 decreased -0.96 percent to 87.5 million over the same period in 2012 at 88.4 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased -2.1 percent to 215.3 million compared to 219.9 million in the seven months of 2012 and 219.6 million in 2011.

Results are based on monthly sales data ending July 31, 2013 from 13,701 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies, ARC notes. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines and total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

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