US travel agency air ticket sales elude seasonal trends
Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) revealed that air ticket sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies surpassed the $4 billion mark for the second month in a row, with total sales reaching $4.5 billion in November 2021.
The total represents a whopping 279% year-over-year increase from just $1.2 billion in November 2020.
However, the total number of passenger trips settled by the ARC last month increased by 140% year-on-year, from 6.9 million to 16.7 million, while trips from US domestic passengers rose 144% to 11.4 million. Meanwhile, international passenger travel increased 132% to 5.3 million, and the average round-trip ticket price to the United States in November 2021 was $464, a 26% increase from at just $368 in November 2020.
Additionally, year-over-year, November 2021 Miscellaneous Electronic Document (EMD) sales increased 229% to $8,692,372. EMD transactions increased 187% to 167,230.
“Pre-pandemic month-over-month passenger travel and sales generally decline from October through November. The opening of US borders to vaccinated international travelers on November 8, coupled ticket prices, helped boost total sales despite the overall decline in travel,” Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing, operations and customer experience at ARC, said in a statement. communicated. “We will continue to monitor changes in demand due to the omicron variant and some countries reinstating travel and border restrictions.”