Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Traffic and Capacity Statistics-The T-100 System, 14800-14801 [2017-05643]

Download as PDF 14800 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / Notices Frequency: The survey frequency is prescribed by Section 7308(d) of the FAST Act. Specifically, this section requires the Secretary to conduct the survey under Section 7308(c) annually until May 1, 2029. Public Comments Invited: Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, including, but not limited to: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the DOT; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, clarity and content of the collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 9, 2017. Patricia S. Hu, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. [FR Doc. 2017–05644 Filed 3–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Bureau of Transportation Statistics [Docket ID Number DOT–OST–2014–0031] Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Traffic and Capacity Statistics—The T– 100 System Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics invites the general public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on the continuing need for and usefulness of DOT requiring U.S. and foreign air carriers to file traffic and capacity data pursuant to 14 CFR 241.19 and Part 217, respectively. These reports are used to measure air transportation activity to, from, and within the United States. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 22, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Rodes, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room E34–420, OST–R, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001, asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Mar 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 Telephone Number (202) 366–8513, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or EMAIL jennifer.rodes@dot.gov. Comments: Comments should identify the associated OMB approval #2138– 0040 and Docket ID Number DOT–OST– 2014–0031. Persons wishing the Department to acknowledge receipt of their comments must submit with those comments a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: Comments on OMB #2138–0040, Docket—DOT–OST–2014– 0031. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number DOT–OST–2014–0031 by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Docket Services: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Fax: 202–366–3383. Instructions: Identify docket number, DOT–OST–2014–0031, at the beginning of your comments, and send two copies. To receive confirmation that DOT received your comments, include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. Internet users may access all comments received by DOT at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments are posted electronically without charge or edits, including any personal information provided. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78) or you may visit http:// DocketInfo.dot.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. Electronic Access You may access comments received for this notice at http:// www.regulations.gov, by searching docket DOT–OST–2014–0031. PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Approval No. 2138–0040. Title: Report of Traffic and Capacity Statistics—The T–100 System. Form No.: Schedules T–100 and T– 100(f). Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Certificated, commuter and foreign air carriers that operate to, from or within the United States. T100 Form Number of Respondents: 119. Number of Annual Responses: 1,428. Total Burden per Response: 6 hours. Total Annual Burden: 8,568 hours. T100F Form Number of Respondents: 190. Number of Annual Responses: 2,280. Total Burden per Response: 2 hours. Total Annual Burden: 4,560 hours. Needs and Uses: Airport Improvement The Federal Aviation Administration uses enplanement data for U.S. airports to distribute the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP) entitlement funds to eligible primary airports, i.e., airports which account for more than 0.01 percent of the total passengers enplaned at U.S. airports. Enplanement data contained in Schedule T–100/T– 100(f) are the sole data base used by the FAA in determining airport funding. U.S. airports receiving significant service from foreign air carriers operating small aircraft could be receiving less than their fair share of AIP entitlement funds. Collecting Schedule T–100(f) data for small aircraft operations will enable the FAA to more fairly distribute these funds. Air Carrier Safety The FAA uses traffic, operational and capacity data as important safety indicators and to prepare the air carrier traffic and operation forecasts that are used in developing its budget and staffing plans, facility and equipment funding levels, and environmental impact and policy studies. The FAA monitors changes in the number of air carrier operations as a way to allocate inspection resources and in making decisions as to increased safety surveillance. Similarly, airport activity statistics are used by the FAA to develop airport profiles and establish priorities for airport inspections. Acquisitions and Mergers While the Justice Department has the primary responsibility over air carrier acquisitions and mergers, the Department reviews the transfer of E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / Notices international routes involved to determine if they would substantially reduce competition, or determine if the transaction would be inconsistent with the public interest. In making these determinations, the proposed transaction’s effect on competition in the markets served by the affected air carriers is analyzed. This analysis includes, among other things, a consideration of the volume of traffic and available capacity, the flight segments and origins-destinations involved, and the existence of entry barriers, such as limited airport slots or gate capacity. Also included is a review of the volume of traffic handled by each air carrier at specific airports and in specific markets which would be affected by the proposed acquisition or merger. The Justice Department uses T– 100 data in carrying out its responsibilities relating to airline competition and consolidation. Traffic Forecasting The FAA uses traffic, operational and capacity data as important safety indicators and to prepare the air carrier traffic and operation forecasts. These forecast as used by the FAA, airport managers, the airlines and others in the air travel industry as planning and budgeting tools. Airport Capacity Analysis The mix of aircraft type are used in determining the practical annual capacity (PANCAP) at airports as prescribed in the FAA Advisory Circular Airport Capacity Criteria Used in Preparing the National Airport Plan. The PANCAP is a safety-related measure of the annual airport capacity or level of operations. It is a predictive measure which indicates potential capacity problems, delays, and possible airport expansions or runway construction needs. If the level of operations at an airport exceeds PANCAP significantly, the frequency and length of delays will increase, with a potential concurrent risk of accidents. Under this program, the FAA develops ways of increasing airport capacity at congested airports. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Airline Industry Status Evaluations The Department apprizes Congress, the Administration and others of the effect major changes or innovations are having on the air transportation industry. For this purpose, summary traffic and capacity data as well as the detailed segment and market data are essential. These data must be timely and inclusive to be relevant for analyzing emerging issues and must be based VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Mar 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 upon uniform and reliable data submissions that are consistent with the Department’s regulatory requirements. Mail Rates The Department is responsible for establishing international and intraAlaska mail rates. International mail rates are set based on scheduled operations in four geographic areas: Trans-border, Latin America, operations over the Atlantic Ocean and operations over the Pacific Ocean. Separate rates are set for mainline and bush Alaskan operations. The rates are updated every six months to reflect changes in unit costs in each rate-making entity. Traffic and capacity data are used in conjunction with cost data to develop the required unit cost data. Essential Air Service The Department reassesses service levels at small domestic communities to assure that capacity levels are adequate to accommodate current demand System Planning at Airports The FAA is charged with administering a series of grants that are designed to accomplish the necessary airport planning for future development and growth. These grants are made to state metropolitan and regional aviation authorities to fund needed airport systems planning work. Individual airport activity statistics, nonstop market data, and service segment data are used to prepare airport activity level forecasts. Review of IATA Agreements The Department reviews all of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) agreements that relate to fares, rates, and rules for international air transportation to ensure that the agreements meet the public interest criteria. Current and historic summary traffic and capacity data, such as revenue ton-miles and available tonmiles, by aircraft type, type of service, and length of haul are needed to conduct these analyses: To (1) develop the volume elements for passenger/ cargo cost allocations, (2) evaluate fluctuations in volume of scheduled and charter services, (3) assess the competitive impact of different operations such as charter versus scheduled, (4) calculate load factors by aircraft type, and (5) monitor traffic in specific markets. Foreign Air Carriers Applications Foreign air carriers are required to submit applications for authority to PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14801 operate to the United States. In reviewing these applications the Department must find that the requested authority is encompassed in a bilateral agreement, other intergovernmental understanding, or that granting the application is in the public interest. In the latter cases, T–100 data are used in assessing the level of benefits that carriers of the applicant’s homeland presently are receiving from their U.S. operations. These benefits are compared and balanced against the benefits U.S. carriers receive from their operations to the applicant’s homeland. Air Carrier Fitness The Department determines whether U.S. air carriers are and continue to be fit, willing and able to conduct air service operations without undue risk to passengers and shippers. The Department monitors a carrier’s load factor, operational, and enplanement data to compare with other carriers with similar operating characteristics. Carriers that expand operations at a high rate are monitored more closely for safety reasons. International Civil Aviation Organization Pursuant to an international agreement, the United States is obligated to report certain air carrier data to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The traffic data supplied to ICAO are extracted from the U.S. air carriers’ Schedule T–100 submissions. The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note), requires a statistical agency to clearly identify information it collects for non-statistical purposes. BTS hereby notifies the respondents and the public that BTS uses the information it collects under this OMB approval for non-statistical purposes including, but not limited to, publication of both Respondent’s identity and its data, submission of the information to agencies outside BTS for review, analysis and possible use in regulatory and other administrative matters. Issued on March 15, 2017. William Chadwick, Jr., Director, Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. [FR Doc. 2017–05643 Filed 3–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

[Docket ID Number DOT-OST-2014-0031]


Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review; Report 
of Traffic and Capacity Statistics--The T-100 System

AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public 
Law 104-13, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics invites the general 
public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on the 
continuing need for and usefulness of DOT requiring U.S. and foreign 
air carriers to file traffic and capacity data pursuant to 14 CFR 
241.19 and Part 217, respectively. These reports are used to measure 
air transportation activity to, from, and within the United States.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 22, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Rodes, Office of Airline 
Information, RTS-42, Room E34-420, OST-R, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, Telephone Number (202) 366-8513, Fax 
Number (202) 366-3383 or EMAIL jennifer.rodes@dot.gov.
    Comments: Comments should identify the associated OMB approval 
#2138-0040 and Docket ID Number DOT-OST-2014-0031. Persons wishing the 
Department to acknowledge receipt of their comments must submit with 
those comments a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following 
statement is made: Comments on OMB #2138-0040, Docket--DOT-OST-2014-
0031. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
DOT-OST-2014-0031 by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Services: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 202-366-3383.
    Instructions: Identify docket number, DOT-OST-2014-0031, at the 
beginning of your comments, and send two copies. To receive 
confirmation that DOT received your comments, include a self-addressed 
stamped postcard. Internet users may access all comments received by 
DOT at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments are posted 
electronically without charge or edits, including any personal 
information provided.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://DocketInfo.dot.gov.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov. or the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 
dockets.

Electronic Access

    You may access comments received for this notice at http://www.regulations.gov, by searching docket DOT-OST-2014-0031.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Approval No. 2138-0040.
    Title: Report of Traffic and Capacity Statistics--The T-100 System.
    Form No.: Schedules T-100 and T-100(f).
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Certificated, commuter and foreign air carriers that 
operate to, from or within the United States.

T100 Form

    Number of Respondents: 119.
    Number of Annual Responses: 1,428.
    Total Burden per Response: 6 hours.
    Total Annual Burden: 8,568 hours.

T100F Form

    Number of Respondents: 190.
    Number of Annual Responses: 2,280.
    Total Burden per Response: 2 hours.
    Total Annual Burden: 4,560 hours.
    Needs and Uses:

Airport Improvement

    The Federal Aviation Administration uses enplanement data for U.S. 
airports to distribute the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP) 
entitlement funds to eligible primary airports, i.e., airports which 
account for more than 0.01 percent of the total passengers enplaned at 
U.S. airports. Enplanement data contained in Schedule T-100/T-100(f) 
are the sole data base used by the FAA in determining airport funding. 
U.S. airports receiving significant service from foreign air carriers 
operating small aircraft could be receiving less than their fair share 
of AIP entitlement funds. Collecting Schedule T-100(f) data for small 
aircraft operations will enable the FAA to more fairly distribute these 
funds.

Air Carrier Safety

    The FAA uses traffic, operational and capacity data as important 
safety indicators and to prepare the air carrier traffic and operation 
forecasts that are used in developing its budget and staffing plans, 
facility and equipment funding levels, and environmental impact and 
policy studies. The FAA monitors changes in the number of air carrier 
operations as a way to allocate inspection resources and in making 
decisions as to increased safety surveillance. Similarly, airport 
activity statistics are used by the FAA to develop airport profiles and 
establish priorities for airport inspections.

Acquisitions and Mergers

    While the Justice Department has the primary responsibility over 
air carrier acquisitions and mergers, the Department reviews the 
transfer of

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international routes involved to determine if they would substantially 
reduce competition, or determine if the transaction would be 
inconsistent with the public interest. In making these determinations, 
the proposed transaction's effect on competition in the markets served 
by the affected air carriers is analyzed. This analysis includes, among 
other things, a consideration of the volume of traffic and available 
capacity, the flight segments and origins-destinations involved, and 
the existence of entry barriers, such as limited airport slots or gate 
capacity. Also included is a review of the volume of traffic handled by 
each air carrier at specific airports and in specific markets which 
would be affected by the proposed acquisition or merger. The Justice 
Department uses T-100 data in carrying out its responsibilities 
relating to airline competition and consolidation.

Traffic Forecasting

    The FAA uses traffic, operational and capacity data as important 
safety indicators and to prepare the air carrier traffic and operation 
forecasts. These forecast as used by the FAA, airport managers, the 
airlines and others in the air travel industry as planning and 
budgeting tools.

Airport Capacity Analysis

    The mix of aircraft type are used in determining the practical 
annual capacity (PANCAP) at airports as prescribed in the FAA Advisory 
Circular Airport Capacity Criteria Used in Preparing the National 
Airport Plan. The PANCAP is a safety-related measure of the annual 
airport capacity or level of operations. It is a predictive measure 
which indicates potential capacity problems, delays, and possible 
airport expansions or runway construction needs. If the level of 
operations at an airport exceeds PANCAP significantly, the frequency 
and length of delays will increase, with a potential concurrent risk of 
accidents. Under this program, the FAA develops ways of increasing 
airport capacity at congested airports.

Airline Industry Status Evaluations

    The Department apprizes Congress, the Administration and others of 
the effect major changes or innovations are having on the air 
transportation industry. For this purpose, summary traffic and capacity 
data as well as the detailed segment and market data are essential. 
These data must be timely and inclusive to be relevant for analyzing 
emerging issues and must be based upon uniform and reliable data 
submissions that are consistent with the Department's regulatory 
requirements.

Mail Rates

    The Department is responsible for establishing international and 
intra-Alaska mail rates. International mail rates are set based on 
scheduled operations in four geographic areas: Trans-border, Latin 
America, operations over the Atlantic Ocean and operations over the 
Pacific Ocean. Separate rates are set for mainline and bush Alaskan 
operations. The rates are updated every six months to reflect changes 
in unit costs in each rate-making entity. Traffic and capacity data are 
used in conjunction with cost data to develop the required unit cost 
data.

Essential Air Service

    The Department reassesses service levels at small domestic 
communities to assure that capacity levels are adequate to accommodate 
current demand

System Planning at Airports

    The FAA is charged with administering a series of grants that are 
designed to accomplish the necessary airport planning for future 
development and growth. These grants are made to state metropolitan and 
regional aviation authorities to fund needed airport systems planning 
work. Individual airport activity statistics, nonstop market data, and 
service segment data are used to prepare airport activity level 
forecasts.

Review of IATA Agreements

    The Department reviews all of the International Air Transport 
Association (IATA) agreements that relate to fares, rates, and rules 
for international air transportation to ensure that the agreements meet 
the public interest criteria. Current and historic summary traffic and 
capacity data, such as revenue ton-miles and available ton-miles, by 
aircraft type, type of service, and length of haul are needed to 
conduct these analyses: To (1) develop the volume elements for 
passenger/cargo cost allocations, (2) evaluate fluctuations in volume 
of scheduled and charter services, (3) assess the competitive impact of 
different operations such as charter versus scheduled, (4) calculate 
load factors by aircraft type, and (5) monitor traffic in specific 
markets.

Foreign Air Carriers Applications

    Foreign air carriers are required to submit applications for 
authority to operate to the United States. In reviewing these 
applications the Department must find that the requested authority is 
encompassed in a bilateral agreement, other intergovernmental 
understanding, or that granting the application is in the public 
interest. In the latter cases, T-100 data are used in assessing the 
level of benefits that carriers of the applicant's homeland presently 
are receiving from their U.S. operations. These benefits are compared 
and balanced against the benefits U.S. carriers receive from their 
operations to the applicant's homeland.

Air Carrier Fitness

    The Department determines whether U.S. air carriers are and 
continue to be fit, willing and able to conduct air service operations 
without undue risk to passengers and shippers. The Department monitors 
a carrier's load factor, operational, and enplanement data to compare 
with other carriers with similar operating characteristics. Carriers 
that expand operations at a high rate are monitored more closely for 
safety reasons.

International Civil Aviation Organization

    Pursuant to an international agreement, the United States is 
obligated to report certain air carrier data to the International Civil 
Aviation Organization (ICAO). The traffic data supplied to ICAO are 
extracted from the U.S. air carriers' Schedule T-100 submissions.
    The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency 
Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note), requires a statistical agency to 
clearly identify information it collects for non-statistical purposes. 
BTS hereby notifies the respondents and the public that BTS uses the 
information it collects under this OMB approval for non-statistical 
purposes including, but not limited to, publication of both 
Respondent's identity and its data, submission of the information to 
agencies outside BTS for review, analysis and possible use in 
regulatory and other administrative matters.

    Issued on March 15, 2017.
William Chadwick, Jr.,
Director, Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2017-05643 Filed 3-21-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-9X-P