ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 4.78 percent year-over-year in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, totaling $70.6 billion versus $67.3 billion in 2013. Sales for September 2014 were up 5.72 percent at $7.5 billion compared to September 2013 at $7 billion.
About 16,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines currently make up the ARC network. In 2011, ARC settled more than $82 billion worth of transactions between travel sellers and airlines. ARC also supplies transactional data to organizations, facilitating better business decisions through fact-based market analyses.
Ticket transactions through September 2014 increased 2.65 percent over the same period in 2013 to 114 million. Year-to-date passenger segments increased 2.76 percent to 285.6 million, compared to 277.4 million in 2013