News Digest

BTS Issues Directive for 2011 On-Time Reporting. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today issued the annual directive detailing the requirements for the reporting of airline on-time data for 2011. The directive includes the list of 29 airports with 1 percent of the nation’s total domestic scheduled-service passenger enplanements for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2010 for which monthly on-time reports are required. Although all reporting airlines voluntarily report on all domestic airports they serve, these 29 airports are listed in the detailed airport tables of the Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report and on BTS’ major airport on-time rankings.

For 2011, BTS will receive reports from 16 airlines, 15 that are required to report and one, ExpressJet Airlines, that will report voluntarily. Comair will no longer be required to report and Pinnacle Airlines will cease reporting voluntarily. Airlines with revenue of more than 1 percent of scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue for the 12 months ended March 31, 2010 are required to report. For the complete list of carriers required to report data in 2011 and the airports for which reports are required, see 

FMCSA Places Two Commercial Bus Companies Out-of-Service for Violating Federal Safety Regulations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has placed Mid-Florida Extraditions of Melbourne, Florida out-of-service and fined the company $2,170 for violating hours-of-service and insurance requirements. The agency has also placed Pegasso Caballero Tours of Houston, Texas out-of-service and fined the company $1,470 for violating vehicle maintenance requirements. Both commercial bus companies must pay the entire civil penalty and take correction action to show they are in compliance with federal safety regulations before they can resume operations.