US travel agents make record air bookings in March

Flight sales are at record levels as demand for international travel shows no signs of weakening despite a sharp increase in fares

Apr 26, 2023

Sales hit a record in March for the second month in succession, up 15% on February, according to the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), which settles transactions between the airlines and US travel agencies and travel management companies.

Key takeaways

  • Passenger trips in March were up 15% month on month and international trips up 14%;
  • ARC’s air travel ticket data supports data from airlines regarding strong spring and summer demand for corporate and leisure travel;
  • A larger portion of summer demand is for top European destinations like London, Paris and Rome, which are showing significant year-over-year increases in air ticket purchases.

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