U.S. travel agencies' airline ticket sales and the number of passenger trips increased in March

ARC said the value of tickets increased 6.4%, from $8.3 billion to $8.8 billion, while the number of trips increased nearly 8%, from 24.6 million in March 2016 to 25.5 million in March 2017.

The average roundtrip ticket price in March was $498, compared to $487 in February and $464 in January. Those prices were similar to the average roundtrip ticket price a year ago: $498 in March 2016, $489 in February and $473 in January.

Ancillary sales, reported through the Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD), increased 239% to $9.3 million over 2016. EMD transactions increased 376% from 33,400 in March 2016 to 159,000 in March 2017.

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