Travel Agency Airline Ticket Sales Hit $8.9 Billion in February

Air ticket sales for U.S. travel agencies reached an all-time high of $8.9 billion in February, representing a six percent increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

The airline agency reports that February's extraordinary air ticket sales mark the second consecutive month that agency sales have reached such heights (ARC).

"Year-over-year, Americans continue to place a higher value on domestic travel than international travel in the early months of the year," according to ARC's chief commercial officer, Steve Solomon, in a statement.

"Both business and leisure travelers are exhibiting robust demand, which bodes well for the continued health and projected expansion of air travel in 2024," airlines report.

Ancillary transactions increased by 47 percent to 476,633 during the same period, whereas February ancillary sales increased by 34 percent year-over-year to $29 million.

ARC states that the ticket sales results are derived from monthly sales data through February 29, 2024.  A total of 10,367 retail and corporate travel agency locations in the United States, satellite ticket printing offices, and online travel agencies contributed to the data.

Notwithstanding this, the findings do not encompass ticket transactions that were acquired directly from airlines.

Twenty-four million total passenger journeys (a nine percent increase from the previous year). Domestic travel in the United States: 15 million. (A year-over-year increase of 11 percent)

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