US travel agency air ticket sales still down

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) today reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to…

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) today reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to the same period in 2019. These totals represent sales generated by U.S. travel agencies* and processed through the ARC settlement system. Data figures are for the seven days ending November 29, 2020.

  Tickets Issued for All Itineraries:

  7-Day Period Ending Ticket Variance
 vs. Same Week 2019
 Sales Variance
vs. Same Week 2019
November 8 -68.4% -80.2%
November 15 -67.4% -78.9%
November 22 -71.2% -81.6%
November 29 -70.5% -81.1%
Year-to-Date (YTD) -61.17% -68.98%

  Variances in Tickets Sold by Segment for All Itineraries:

7-Day Period Ending Corporate Online Leisure/Other
November 8 -85.7% -54.3% -69.1%
November 15 -84.8% -54.1% -68.2%
November 22 -86.0% -60.4% -72.1%
November 29 -85.2% -61.0% -72.1%
Year-to-Date (YTD) -70.59% -53.83%  -62.14%

*Notes

  • Results are based on weekly sales data ending November 29, 2020, from 11,451 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines and are not net of refunds or exchanges.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.