ARLINGTON, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency net sales totaling $ 4.1 billion in July 2021, an increase of 947% from July 2020 and the second consecutive month in sales totaling over $ 4 billion. * July 2021 represents the first monthly drop in overall sales after seven consecutive months of growth. This follows the typical seasonal pattern of sales declining from June to July each year.
Month after month, the results for July 2021 showed:
Total passenger travel down 4%.
Domestic travel to the United States fell 2%.
International travel fell by 10%.
“We typically see a slowdown in sales of new airline tickets during the summer months, as consumers wrap up their summer vacation travel,” said Chuck Thackston, general manager of data science and communications. research at ARC. “As airlines and organizations monitor new variants of COVID-19 to determine the impact on travel, we anticipate that new reservations and ticket sales will follow a similar pattern to previous years.” The latest ticket volumes and weekly sales are available on the CRA’s COVID-19 data page.
Total passenger trips settled by the CRA in July 2021 increased 229% year-on-year, from 5.1 million to 16.8 million. Domestic and international passenger travel to the United States grew 230% and 226% year-on-year, respectively. Overall, domestic passenger travel in the United States totaled 12.1 million, compared with 4.7 million for international travel. The average price of round-trip tickets in the United States rose to $ 458 in July 2021, from $ 321 in July 2020.
Year over year, EMD sales in July 2021 increased 311% to $ 7,159,107, while EMD transactions increased 366% to 151,578. **
More detailed information is available on the CRA website.
About the CRA:
As a leader in air travel intelligence and omnichannel retail, ARC provides platforms, tools and information that help the global travel community connect, grow and prosper. ARC enables the diverse retail strategies of its customers by providing innovative technology, flexible settlement solutions and access to the world’s most comprehensive airline transaction data set. In 2019, the CRA handled more than $ 97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, accounting for more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.
Notes to Editors:
* Ticket sales
The results are based on monthly sales data ending July 31, 2021, from 10,938 retail and corporate travel agencies in the United States, satellite ticket printing offices and travel agencies in line. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
The average ticket price (USD) is a round-trip ticket paid by the CRA for an itinerary that includes only domestic travel within the United States.
Passenger trips include the total number of passengers making a trip from one airport to another using direct or connecting flights. Newly issued trips are added and reimbursed trips are deducted to provide a clear view of passengers traveling.
Domestic passenger trips within the United States include the total number settled by the CRA when the itinerary is entirely within the United States International passenger trips include the total number settled by the CRA where part or all of the trip takes place to airports outside the United States or originates from outside the United States
Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.
** Miscellaneous electronic documents (DME)
Includes charges for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked baggage, unaccompanied minor, cabin pet, etc.
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