March 22, 2023

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

Pre-Pandemic Seasonality Trends Return

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) has 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 February 2023 results represent the second-highest post-pandemic monthly sales total, behind May 2022.

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in February 2023 increased 13% year over year to 22.3 million. International trips increased 29% while domestic trips increased 4% over the same period. The average U.S. round-trip air travel ticket price was $571 in February, a 23% increase from the previous year ($464) and an 8% month-over-month increase from January ($528).

Month over month, February 2023 results showed:

  • Total sales were flat.
  • Total passenger trips decreased 7%.
  • U.S. domestic trips decreased 9%.
  • International trips decreased 3%.

“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,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “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. Ancillary transactions increased 84% to 325,093 over the same period.*

*Ancillary Sales includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked bags, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

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