Air Ticket Sales

US Travel Agencies’ June Air Ticket Sales Surge

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) released data showing that net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies increased 337% month-over-month from May to June 2020. Air Ticket Sales

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This represents the highest monthly sales growth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Year-over-year net sales were down 94%, with the consolidated dollar value of tickets transacted by agencies last month totaling $469 million, compared to $7.9 billion in June 2019.

Month over month, June 2020 results show: Air Ticket Sales

  • A 56% increase in the number of passenger trips; and
  • U.S. domestic trips and international trips up 57% and 53%, respectively.

Compared to 2019, the total number of passenger trips settled by ARC in June was down 76%, from 23,997,714 to 5,686,598. U.S. domestic trips decreased 72% YOY to 4.3 million, while international trips numbered 1.4 million, an 84% decrease YOY. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price decreased from $512 in 2019 to $374 in June 2020.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales showed a decrease YOY as well, down 69% to $2,078,728. EMD transaction volume experienced a slightly smaller decrease, down 76% YOY in June 2020, totaling 41,747.

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to the same period in 2019. These totals represent sales generated by US travel agencies and processed through the ARC settlement system. The data figures are for the seven days ending July 12, 2020. More in-depth, custom data is available from ARC for purchase.

Tickets Issued for All Itineraries: Air Ticket Sales
7-Day Period Ending Ticket Variance vs. Same Week 2019 Sales Variance vs. Same Week 2019
June 21 -76.5% -85.2%
June 28 -77.0% -85.2%
July 5 -79.3% -86.4%
July 12 -80.7% -87.7%
Year-to-Date (YTD) -54.45% -60.13%

More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.

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