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Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase More Than 3 Percent to Start 2019

February 19, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 19, 2019--Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in January 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 3.2 percent as compared to January 2018, totaling nearly $8.7 billion vs. $8.4 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price for was $476, up $17 from January 2018.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased just under 0.4 percent to 27,686,761 compared to 27,589,579 in January 2018. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 1 percent while international passenger trips grew nearly 3 percent.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) ** sales in January 2019 totaled $6.9 million, about a 5 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transactions also decreased by 5 percent year-over-year.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

About ARC:

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

Results are based on monthly sales data ending January 31, 2019, from 12,098 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. Average ticket price (in USD) for a round-trip ticket settled through ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel. Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip from one airport to another using either direct or connecting flights. Newly-issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to provide a net view of traveling passengers. U.S. Domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where some or all of the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or originates outside the U.S. Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA

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SOURCE: Airlines Reporting Corp.

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