Compared to 2010, the air tickets sold by the US travel agents in 2011 increased significantly. ARC, a company focuses on technology solutions that provides data about transaction settlement issued a report that there is a 6.11% increase in 2011. Meanwhile, the comparison with the 2009 sales yielded in a 25% increase.
According to the data, last year travel agents set $82.1 billion record on the ticket sales. In 2009, the sales was $65.8 billion, while in 2010 it was $77.4 billion. ARC said the data were collected from January 1 to December 31, 2011. There are 14,052 corporate travel agents, US retail, online travel agents and satellite ticket printing agencies that submitted the report. However, the ticket sales bought directly from the airlines were not included in the report.
For December 2011, passenger segments decreased 4.6% compared to the data collected in 2010. In 2010, the passenger segments were 29.5 million, while in 2011 the segments were just 28.1 million. Compared to the same period in 2009, the segments fell 2.2%. The transactions of the tickets also fell compared to the previous year’s data. There was a 4.5% decrease compared to the data from 2010. Meanwhile, it also meant a decrease as much as 1.7% in the 2009 period.
There were 370.1 million segments in the whole year of 2011. The percentage fell if it’s compared to the same period in 2011 when the segments reached 381.1 million. But it meant an increase if compared to the 2009 data. The transactions of tickets also increased about 5.1% compared to the same period in 2009, but it decreased if the comparison made with the data of 2010.
Meanwhile, the combined dollar value of air tickets sold by travel agents in the US raised 3.9% in December 2011 if compared to the previous year’s accomplishment. There was also an increase of 12.3% compared to the 2009 data.
The total tickets sold by the travel agents in December 2011 were $4.9 billion. In the previous year, the sales reached $4.7 billion.