The Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, said the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 2.93 percent year-over-year in 2012 compared to 2011, and 9.22 percent compared to 2010. Ticket sales for 2012 totaled $84.5 billion, compared to $82.1 billion in 2011, and $77.4 billion in 2010. But those numbers also include all taxes and airline ancillary fees, which increased more than 50 percent over the past year.
ARC also said passenger segments in 2012 decreased slightly 0.13 percent at 369.9 million, compared to 370.4 million in 2011–while reflecting a 3.0 percent decrease compared to 2010. Ticket transactions in 2012 also decreased slightly by 0.47 percent over 2011, while down by 2.5 percent compared to 2010.
In December, total sales were down 3.53 percent to $4,779,336,558. Domestic fares were down 4 percent to $2,040,974,508, while international fares were down 4.74 percent to $3,873,484,023. Airline fees were up 10.47 percent to $345,714,712, while taxes and non-airline fees were down 2.93 percent to $493,955,220. Domestic transactions were down 4.05 percent to 5,959,371, while international transactions were down 5.73 percent to 2,409,856. As of the end of December 2012, the number of travel agency retail locations stood at 13,513, the number of Satellite Printer Locations (STP) stood at 452, while the number of Verified Travel Consultant (VTC) locations was 1,602. Combined these locations had average daily sales of $9,904.
For 2012 overall, total sales were up 2.93 percent to $8,013,299,407. Domestic fares were up 1.42 percent to $36,383,144,307, while international fares were down 1.89 percent to $32,301,264,520. Airline fees on the other hand were up a whopping 50.60 percent to $6,125,922,659, while taxes and non-airline fees were up 5.11 percent to $8,691,443,679. Domestic transactions were down 1.04 percent to 102,104,829, while international transactions were up 1.92 percent to 40,912,316.