Air Ticket Sales by US Travel Agencies Down 1.4 Percent Year to Date Vs. 2014

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Air Ticket Sales by US Travel Agencies Down 1.4 Percent Year to Date Vs. 2014

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported this week that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies decreased 1.4 percent* in the first 11 months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, totaling $83 billion vs. $84.1 billion. November 2015 ticket sales decreased 1.0 percent to $5.9 billion against the same month last year.

Ticket transactions in November 2015 increased by 6.1 percent so far this year vs. 2014 to 144.8 million.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales comprised $16.6 million of the total sales from January through November 2015 vs. $3 million over the same period in 2014 and $2.3 million of the November 2015 sales compared to $564,114 in November 2014. EMD transactions increased to 191,700 so far in 2015 versus 47,747 in 2014.

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ARC powers the U.S.-based travel industry with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. In 2014, ARC settled $89.6 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for more than 9,400 travel agencies with 13,000 points of sale. By providing world-class business services and products, ARC enables participating agencies and 200 carriers to focus on what’s important—increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, please visit

*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending November 30, 2015, from 13,059 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies.
  • Results 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.
  • EMDs include fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.