US travel agency sales jump 187%
Airline reporting company. (ARC) has released new data showing that air ticket sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies nearly tripled (187%) from January 2021 to January 2022.
Additionally, from December 2021 to January 2022, total net sales increased by 17%. Total airline ticket sales in January by accredited travel agencies totaled $3.6 billion.
The total number of passenger trips made by travelers increased by a full quarter in January compared to December. While domestic travel increased by 21%, international travel increased by 33%, showing a marked increase in interest, likely due to countries around the world changing their entry requirements for international travellers.
The total number of trips made in January increased by 106% year-on-year, from 7.9 million last January to 16.4 million in January. International trips saw the largest increase, more than doubling (120%) year-on-year to 5.4 million, while January’s 11 million domestic trips nearly doubled from the previous year. last year.
“January data on air travel is encouraging. We anticipate continued recovery as more governments drop mandates and travel restrictions due to the decline of the omicron variant as well as a rebound in corporate ticketing,” said Steve Solomon, Vice President of global sales, marketing, operations and customer experience at ARC. “As we look to spring travel, some of the historically popular destinations are showing booking numbers closer to pre-pandemic years and, in some cases, exceeding those levels.”
However, there is a catch: ARC has also found that airlines are now charging more than last January. He found that the average round-trip ticket in the United States cost $335 last year, while the average in January was $409, an increase of 22%.
While the data depicts growing confidence in both domestic and international travel, it also shows that travel advisors remain strong trust boosters in the industry, able to navigate through changing rules and protocols. pandemics to offer their customers a little more security and knowledge than they would have if they planned their trips themselves.
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