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Air Ticket Sales by U.S. Travel Agencies Running 3.77 Percent Ahead of Last Year


ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 increased 3.77 percent* year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, and 10.4 percent over the same period in 2010. From January through September 2012, ticket sales totalled $66.6 billion, compared to $64.2 billion in 2011, and $60.3 billion in 2010.

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Year-to-date passenger segments for the first nine months of 2012 decreased by .02 percent – at 283.2 million segments, compared to 283.3 million in 2011 – while reflecting a .02 percent decrease from the same period in 2010. Ticket transactions between January and September 2012 also decreased somewhat by 0.40 percent over the same period in 2011, while down by 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2010.

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About ARC:
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data and analytics. Nearly 16,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2011 totaled more than $82 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit

Peter Abzug

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results based on sales data ending Sept. 30, 2012 from 13,709 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printing offices, and online travel agencies.
  • Does 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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