Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) has reported that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by US-based travel agencies increased 5.6% in January 2017, totaling USD 7.7bn compared to USD 7.3bn in 2016, the company said.
Results are based on monthly sales data ending January 31, 2017, from 12,614 US 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 fares were also up nearly 6% as well as ticket transactions, which increased 11% to 15.5 million compared to 14 million in January 2016.
International fares increased nearly 8% to approximately USD 3bn in January compared to USD 2.7bn in 2016. International transactions were up more than 14%.
Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales which include fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, or pet-in-cabin, comprised nearly USD 6m, a 110% increase over 2016.
ARC drives air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and high-quality data. In 2016, the company settled USD 86bn worth of carrier ticket transactions for nearly 7,000 travel agencies with more than 12,000 points of sale. It is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky; Tampa, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.