US travel agency air ticket sales rose 13 percent year over year in April 2023, totaling $8.7 billion, according to data from the Airlines Reporting Corp. Sales for the first four months of the year were at the highest level since the same period in 2019, as April was the fourth consecutive month of sales exceeding $8 billion. 
The average US round-trip air travel ticket price sold in April declined for the second straight month. The April 2023 average ticket price ($551) was lower than April 2022 ($585), marking the first time monthly average ticket price declined year over year since February 2021. 
“Monthly sales totals through the first four months of 2023 point to a potentially record-setting year for travel agency air ticket sales,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “Despite slight month-over-month declines in sales and passenger trips, corporate and leisure air ticket purchases continue to outpace 2022 levels and international travel demand remains strong.”  

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Ancillary sales increased 70 percent year over year while the number of ancillary transactions rose 63 percent to 365,851 over the same period.

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