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U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Drop 3.4 Percent in First Quarter 2016 vs. 2015


Airlines Reporting Corp. (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 3.4 percent* in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 2015, totaling $23.3 billion vs. $24.1 billion. March 2016 ticket sales were down 4.5 percent to $8.3 billion against the same month last year. Ticket transactions increased 4.5 percent to 43.2 million in 2016 vs. 2015, pointing to the overall effect of lower airfares.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised $8.3 million of the year-to-date sales vs. $3.1 million in 2015, and $2.7 million of the March 2016 sales, compared to $1 million in March 2015. EMD transactions increased to 106,792 so far in 2016 vs. 23,745 in 2015.

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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 2015, ARC settled $88.3 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 over 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 are based on monthly sales data ending March 31, 2016, from 12,798 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.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

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

©2016 Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC)
Katie Murrin, 703-341-1004

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