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U.S. Travel Agencies Air Ticket Sales Essentially Flat In First Half Of 2015 vs. 2014


Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies decreased 0.94 percent* for the first half of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, totaling $48.0 billion vs. $48.5 billion. June 2015 ticket sales increased slightly by 0.29 percent to $7.6 billion against the same month last year.

Ticket transactions increased by 4.86 percent in 2015 vs. 2014 to 81.2 million. Passenger segments increased 1.5 percent to 189.4 million, compared to 186.5 million in 2014.

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About ARC:

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

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on monthly sales data ending June 30, 2015, from 13,110 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.

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Airlines Reporting Corporation
Katie Murrin, 703-341-1004

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