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Sept 23 -- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT invites comment to OMB by December 12, 2022 regarding the Passenger Origin-Destination Survey Report. [Due date is 30 days after BTS submission to OMB on November 10.]

The Origin and Destination Survey (OND) is a mandatory collection according to Section 14, Part 241, Section 19-7, Origin and Destination Survey. The Respondents are Air Carriers that operate aircraft with 61 or greater seats and/or, operate an international route. The data are reported on a quarterly basis, 45 days after the end of the previous quarter. Information reported includes data about sampled passenger tickets, including year of travel, quarter of travel, fare paid, origin of passenger, destination of passenger, intermediate points/stop-overs by the passenger, airline carrier that reported the passenger ticket, the airline carriers that flew the passenger and the air carrier that sold the passenger the ticket. ers, a new market is recorded for each change in flight number.
 
The OND data are used by the DOT Office of Aviation Analysis, the FAA, Airports, Airlines, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security and the Public. The purpose of the collection is to determine and analyze where an airline passenger initiated their travels, where their travels ended, and the price that they paid for travel. This is not a revision to the current process. Air carriers must report data on one percent of the flight coupons involving large domestic markets, which are defined as major city pairs with directional origin-destination passengers in excess of 35,000 annual passengers.  
 
Survey data are used in monitoring the airline industry, negotiating international agreements, reviewing requests for the grant of anti-trust immunity for air carrier alliance agreements, selecting new international routes, selecting U.S. carriers to operate limited entry foreign routes, and modeling the spread of contagious diseases. The Passenger Origin-Destination Survey Report is the only aviation data collection by DOT where the air carriers report the true origins and destinations of passengers' flight itineraries. The Department does have another aviation data collection (T-100) which (1) gives passenger totals for city-pairs served on a nonstop basis and (2) market totals for passengers traveling on a single flight number. If the passenger travels on multiple flight numbers, a new market is recorded for each change in flight number.
 
Origin and Destination Survey Data: https://www.bts.gov/topics/airlines-and-airports/origin-and-destination-survey-data
BTS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202211-2139-002 Click on IC List for questionnaire, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20685
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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