U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Transactions Increase

2016 News Releases

U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Transactions Increase 14% in November

Ticket Sales increased more than seven percent vs. 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – Dec. 13, 2016 –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 3.3 percent* this year as compared to 2015, totaling $80 billion vs. $83 billion. November 2016 ticket sales were up 7.5 percent to $6.4 billion against the same month last year, while ticket transactions were up 13.5 percent at 12.7 million verses November 2015.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales comprised nearly $44 million of the year-to-date sales vs. $16.6 million in 2015, and $6.2 million of the November 2016 sales as compared to $2.3 million in November 2015. EMD transactions increased nearly 274 percent to more than 717,000 so far in 2016 vs. nearly 192,000 in 2015.

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

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending November 30, 2016, from 12,737 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.


An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 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.