February U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase 54% YoY

ARLINGTON, Va. ~ Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) released data showing U.S. travel agency air ticket sales totaled $8.4 billion in February 2023, a 54% year-over-year increase from February 2022. The average U.S. round-trip air travel ticket price was $571 in February, a 23% increase from the previous year ($464).

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in February 2023 increased 13% year over year to 22.3 million, with international trips increasing 29% and domestic trips increasing 4%. Month over month, total sales were flat while total passenger trips decreased 7%, with U.S. domestic trips decreasing 9% and international trips decreasing 3%.

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Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC, commented on the results: "Despite flat sales and decreases in passenger trips month over month, overall demand remains stronger than what we saw last year with international travel showing continued strength...February followed pre-pandemic seasonality trends, which could indicate further industry normalization as airlines prepare for the busy spring and summer travel months." Ancillary sales increased 134% year over year to $21,777,658 while ancillary transactions increased 84% to 325,093 over the same period.
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