All-cargo carriers must now report air activity: DOT

by Canadian Shipper

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now requiring that small certificated, commuter and all-cargo carriers must report data on their air traffic activity, as large passenger airlines are currently required to do.

These carriers must now report on passenger and freight traffic, available capacity and seats, and number and duration of flights.

“The rule will improve analysis of the aviation system by giving planners and decision-makers more information,” said Dr. Ashish Sen, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The existing rule exempts carriers operating only planes of fewer than 60 seats and carriers providing only domestic, all-cargo service from the detailed reporting requirements. The new requirements make the data from these airlines compatible with data collected from large passenger airlines.

In addition to the new requirements for small certificated, commuter and all-cargo carriers, the rule makes the following changes:

U.S. carriers must report detailed information for all their military, domestic all-cargo, and domestic charter flights.
Foreign air carriers will be required to report on all flights to and from the United States, eliminating the small-aircraft reporting exclusion.
The operating carrier must report joint-service operations, including code-sharing, wet-leasing and substitution-of-service operations.
U.S. carriers will be required to submit total aircraft hours for each reported aircraft type, fuel consumed by aircraft type and aircraft days assigned to service.

BTS will distribute software to the carriers to ease the reporting burden.

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