Travel agencies accredited by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) saw a 328% year-over-year increase in air ticket sales in August to $3.2 billion. That represents an increase from $715 million in August 2020 but down from $4 billion in July 2021. Month over month, August 2021 results showed: total passenger trips fell by 10%; US domestic trips decreased 10%; and international trips decreased 10% for the second consecutive month. Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing operations and customer experience, said airlines and travel agencies anticipated a drop in overall sales and passenger trips in August as new mandates and border restrictions began taking effect in July. He said the data shows the decline beginning to level off toward the end of August. In the coming months, said Solomon, there will be some uncertainty and volatility as schools reopen, businesses delay return-to-office dates, and as countries introduce new travel restrictions. Total passenger trips settled by ARC in August 2021 increased 151% year over year, from 6 million to 15.2 million. US domestic and international passenger trips increased 145% and 168% year-over-year, respectively. Overall, US domestic passenger trips totaled 10.9 million and international trips totaled 4.3 million.