Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies totaling over $1.4 billion in October 2020, up from nearly $1.2 billion in September 2020.* October 2020 sales were down 83% compared to October 2019, but this marks the fourth consecutive month of air ticket sales growth as the industry continues recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Momentum in the recovery continues to fluctuate as rules change regularly in different U.S. states as well as other countries,” said Chuck Thackston, ARC’s managing director of data science. “We are encouraged by what we have seen over the past several months but understand that a full recovery will take time.”
Month over month, October 2020 results showed:
- A 7% increase in the total number of passenger trips;
- U.S. domestic trips up 3%; and
- International trips up 17%.