Year-end data from ARC on the number of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies indicates lower average ticket prices throughout 2015.
Meanwhile, sales of ancillaries continued to soar, with 333.6% more transactions in 2015 versus 2014.
While the number of ticket transactions in 2015 increased 6.2%, to 155 million, total sales decreased 1.5%, to $88.3 billion.
Ancillary sales continued to increase, evidenced by ARC’s reported Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales. EMDs are used to report ancillary sales through ARC.
In 2015, $19.5 million of the total sales were comprised of EMD sales, versus $3.8 million in 2014, a 410% increase. The number of EMD transactions rose from 54,442 to 236,059.
ARC attributes the increase to EMD readiness on behalf of both carriers and GDSs.