US Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Show Seasonal Trend in December

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Monthly Sales Declined 11% While Passenger Trips Showed Smaller Decrease Compared to 2019

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies totaling $1 billion in December 2020, reflecting a typical seasonal decline in bookings at the end of the calendar year.* Year over year, December sales were down 83% compared to December 2019, when sales totaled $6.1 billion.

Month over month, December 2020 results showed:

  • A 6% decrease in the total number of passenger trips;
  • U.S. domestic trips down 9%; and
  • International trips down 1%.

“While overall trips remain down as air travel continues its recovery, this past December performed better than December 2019 from a month-over-month standpoint,“ said Chuck Thackston, ARC's managing director of data science and research. “In 2019, total passenger trips from November to December were down 10%, but in 2020 that decline was only 6%. That's an encouraging sign as we look to recovery progressing in 2021.“

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