Total Passenger Trips, Net Sales Increase Over 20% Since December
ARLINGTON, Va. – February 18, 2021 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies totaling $1.3 billion in January 2021, up 21% compared to December 2020. The increase reflects positive trends for travel later in the year based on purchase trends. The January total represents an 86% drop year over year compared to January 2020, when net sales totaled $8.8 billion.*
Month over month, January 2021 results showed:
“January 2020 was the last month before COVID-19 started to impact the air travel industry, so the year-over-year decrease isn’t surprising given continued travel restrictions and vaccine availability,” said Chuck Thackston, ARC’s managing director of data science and research. “Our current data shows both leisure and corporate travel recovering substantially in the fall of 2021.”
Total passenger trips settled by ARC in January were down 72% year over year, from 28,349,999 to 7,997,476. U.S. domestic trips were down 69% to 5.5 million, and international trips down 77% to 2.4 million YOY. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price decreased from $478 in January 2020 to $335 in January 2021.
Year over year, EMD sales for January decreased by 71% to $2,518,300, while EMD transactions were down 66% to 50,298.
More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.
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**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)
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