DOT to fill gap in small airline and cargo data

by Canadian Shipper

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made a proposal to include the air traffic activity reporting of small commuter and all-cargo carriers with data collected from large passenger airlines.

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Aug. 28 Federal Register, DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation proposed to require small certificated, commuter and all-cargo carriers to report on passenger and freight traffic, available capacity and seats, and number and duration of flights.

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 would make the data from these airlines compatible with data collected from large passenger airlines.

The new rule would also see U.S. carriers report detailed information for all their military, domestic all-cargo, and domestic charter flights. Foreign air carriers would be required to report on all flights to and from the United States, eliminating the small aircraft reporting exclusion. The operating carrier would report joint-service operations, including code-sharing, wet-leasing and substitution-of-service operations.

U.S. carriers would be required to submit total aircraft hours for each reported aircraft type, fuel consumed by aircraft type and aircraft days assigned to service.

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