Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) released data showing U.S. travel agency air ticket sales totaled $8.4 billion in February 2023, a 54% year over year increase from February 2022. The February 2023 results represent the second-highest post-pandemic monthly sales total, behind May 2022.

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in February 2023 increased 13% year over year to 22.3 million. International trips increased 29% while domestic trips increased 4% over the same period. The average US roundtrip air travel ticket price was $571 in February, a 23% increase from the previous year ($464) and an 8% month-over-month increase from January ($528).

Month over month, February 2023 results showed:
• Total sales were flat.
• Total passenger trips decreased 7%.
• US domestic trips decreased 9%.
• International trips decreased 3%.

Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer, said, that despite flat sales and decreases in passenger trips month over month, overall demand remains stronger than what was seen last year with international travel showing continued strength. February followed pre-pandemic seasonality trends, he said, which could indicate further industry normalization as airlines prepare for the busy spring and summer travel months.

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Ancillary sales (including upgraded seats, checked bags, etc.) increased 134% year over year to $21,777,658. Ancillary transactions increased 84% to 325,093 over the same period.

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