U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Up Nearly Two Percent in August

Ticket Transactions Increase 8.4 Percent in Same Period Vs. 2015

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel
intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported today that
the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based
travel agencies decreased by 4 percent* in the first eight
months of 2016 as compared to 2015, totaling $59.9 billion vs. $62.4
billion. August 2016 ticket sales were up 1.8 percent to $7.1 billion
against the same month last year. Ticket transactions were up 8.4
percent at 14 million in 2016 vs. 2015.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised
$26.7 million of the year-to-date sales vs. $10.1 million in 2015, and
$5.3 million of the August 2016 sales as compared to $1.7 million in
August 2015. EMD transactions increased 312.2 percent to 393,153 so far
in 2016 vs. 95,383 in 2015.

More detailed information is available at https://www.arccorp.com/data.jsp.

About ARC:

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air
travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading
business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and
financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2015, ARC settled
$88.3 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for more than 9,400
travel agencies with 13,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is
headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville,
Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more
information, please visit www.arccorp.com
and www.twitter.com/arcreporter.

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending August 31, 2016, from
    12,798 U.S. 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 sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which
    includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats,
    checked luggage, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

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Contacts

Airlines Reporting Corporation
Hillary Smith, 703-341-1207
hsmith@arccorp.com