Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing that ARC-accredited travel agencies experienced a 328% year-over-year increase in airline ticket sales in August 2021. The dollar value Consolidated ticket sales by agencies in August totaled $ 3.2 billion, up from $ 715 million in August 2020 and from $ 4 billion in July 2021. *
Month after month, the results for August 2021 showed:
- The total number of passenger trips fell by 10%.
- Domestic travel to the United States fell 10%.
- International travel fell 10% for the second consecutive month.
Airlines and travel agencies were anticipating lower overall sales and passenger travel in August as new border mandates and restrictions began to take effect in July. said Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing operations and customer experience at ARC. Our data shows that the decline begins to stabilize towards the end of August. Over the next few months, there will be some uncertainty and volatility as schools reopen, businesses delay return-to-office dates, and countries introduce new travel restrictions.
Total passenger trips settled by the CRA in August 2021 increased 151% year-over-year, from 6 million to 15.2 million. Domestic and international passenger travel to the United States grew 145% and 168% year-on-year, respectively. Overall, domestic passenger travel in the United States totaled 10.9 million and international travel totaled 4.3 million. The average price of round-trip tickets in the United States rose to $ 398 in August 2021, from $ 321 in August 2020.
Year-over-year, EMD sales in August 2021 increased 249% to $ 6,364,223, while EMD transactions increased 265% to 129,684. **
More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page. Further breakdown of corporate, leisure and online ticket sales can be found on the ARC COVID-19 data page.
* Ticket sales
- Results are based on monthly sales data ending August 31, 2021, from 10,934 US retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies . 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 the 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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