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U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase 10.7 Percent in January
ARC said that U.S. travel agency ticket sales increased 10.7 percentin January 2012 compared to January 2011, and 22.3 percent over the same period in 2010. January 2012 ticket sales totaled $7.3 billion, compared to $6.6 billion in 2011 and $5.9 billion in 2010.
Year-to-date passenger segments in January 2012 fell 2.3 percent — at 27.7 million segments, compared to 28.3 million in January 2011 — while reflecting a slight .86 percent decrease over the same period in 2010. Ticket transactions in January 2012 were up 3.2 percent compared to the same period in 2011and 5.4 percent over the same period in 2010.
Domestic fares were up 10.9 percent to $3.1 billion year over year. Reflecting the increase in fares, total domestic transactions were up 2.49 percent. International fares were up 3.61 percent to $2.7 billion from last January. International transactions were up by 4.96 percent. Sales were out of 14,014 retail locations, down from 14,052 in December.
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