Ticket Transactions Increase 4.6 Percent in Same Period vs. 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. – May 17, 2016 - Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies decreased 4.3 percent* in the first four months of 2016, compared to 2015, totaling $30.9 billion vs. $32.3 billion. April 2016 ticket sales were down 6.8 percent to $7.7 billion against the same month last year. Meanwhile, ticket transactions increased 4.6 percent to 57.6 million through April 2016 vs. the same period in 2015, suggesting a noticeable impact of lower airfares.
Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised $11.4 million of the year-to-date sales vs. $4.1 million in 2015, and $3.1 million of the April 2016 sales, compared to $1 million in April 2015. EMD transactions increased to 140 thousand so far in 2016 vs. 33 thousand in 2015.
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An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.