US airline sales up sharply in summer 2021
Airline ticket sales in the US have topped the $4 billion mark for the second consecutive month, according to a new report.
The number of US flights booked through travel agents stood at 16.8 million in July, which was more than triple the figure of 5.1 million seen in the same month last year.
The total includes 12.1 million domestic flights in the US and 4.7 million international trips.
Despite this, July's total was down by four per cent from June, with domestic travel falling by two per cent and international flights dipping by ten per cent.
The figures from the Airlines Reporting Corp (ARC), which assessed transactions from nearly 11,000 US agents, travel management companies and online tour operators, also showed that the average price for a domestic US return flight had jumped by $137 dollars in the past 12 months, from $321 last July to $458 in July 2021.
Despite the UK's borders being open to arrivals from the US since early August, international travel from the UK into the US is still prohibited.
Speaking about the report, Chuck Thackston, Managing Director of Data Science and Research at the ARC, said: "We typically see a slowdown in new air ticket sales during the summer months as consumers finish their summer vacation travel.
"While airlines and organisations watch the new Covid-19 variants to determine the impact on travel, we anticipate new bookings and ticket sales to follow a similar pattern to prior years."
Elsewhere, new research from Talent Works found that headhunting for top talent across the UK has increased following the pandemic.
Almost four in ten people (38 per cent) said they had received more than five approaches about new jobs in the past year, with five per cent saying they had been headhunted at least ten times.
One in five said they expected to be working in a new job at a different company next year, with the numbers slightly higher for 18 to 34 year-olds (25 per cent) than for those aged over 35 (18 per cent).
By Owen Mckeon