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OST Docket Filings for May 11, 2018

 

Applications and Renewals:

US-Cuba Frequency Allocation Proceeding - Motion of Southwest for a Start-Up Date Extension (Ft. Lauderdale-Havana)

Answers and Replies:

BTS - Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers - Comments of A4A

Corendon Dutch Airlines - Designation of Agent

EAS at Johnstown, PA - Request of John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport for One-Month Extension of Proposals Deadline

Form 41 Confidentiality Motions - United

Southern Air - Designation of Agent

Notices of Action Taken:

Polynesian d/b/a Samoa Airways - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands Extension

Notices and Orders:

EAS at Alamosa and Pueblo, CO, Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City and Lancaster, PA, Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA, Hagerstown, MD, Jackson, TN, Kirksville, MO, Morgantown, WV, Muscle Shoals, AL, Owensboro, KY, Prescott, AZ, Staunton, VA, Tupelo, MS, Vernal, UT, Victoria, TX, Kearney, NE, Macon, GA, Pendelton, OR and Scottsbluff, NE - Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility and Tentatively Granting a Waiver for Communities that Experienced a Service Hiatus




Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers

OST-2014-0031

May 11, 2018

Comments of Airlines for America

The Department should repeal all airline reporting requirements not specifically required by statute, especially for extensive and burdensome Form 41 reporting requirements.1 Eliminating unnecessary and burdensome information collection requirements is consistent with the principles of Executive Order 13771 and Executive Order 13777 to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs. At a minimum we recommend that DOT (1) Streamline employment reporting (P10 - Annual Employee Statistics by Labor Category), these are archaic categories that can be consolidated/simplified and modernized to reflect current industry, and reported at the system level only (not broken out Atlantic/Latin/Pacific etc.); (2) Eliminate the requirement to submit monthly income statement and balance sheet data to DOT, quarterly reporting should suffice; (3) Eliminate the requirement to submit Form 41, Schedule B-43, Inventory of Airframes and Aircraft Engines. We have no evidence that B-43 information is needed for DOT to execute its statutory responsibilities and it is information that is essentially obtainable through various fleet software products, through published airline schedules and airline SEC filings. It is also not required of other DOT-regulated modes of transportation.

DOT should initiate a thorough review of its existing airline data reporting requirements and, absent clear evidence that the benefits of such reporting exceeds its substantial costs and burdens, DOT should eliminate all reporting requirements except those specifically required by statute. This review should examine the burdensome processes airlines must adopt and implement to gather and report the required data, how DOT uses that data, redundant data collection, whether the public benefits from this data and, if so, if the benefits outweigh the costs and burdens for airlines to provide it. In reviewing its airline reporting requirements with a focus on eliminating unnecessary reporting rules, DOT should determine whether it has statutory authority to request specific data from airlines and whether the information it requires airlines to report is merely “nice to know” or whether it “needs to know” such information in order to carry out its core airline competition and consumer protection oversight obligations. Absent a statutory mandate to collect specific data, it should eliminate reporting requirements. Many of DOT’s reporting requirements date from before airline deregulation, and others from circumstances that no longer prevail. OIRA should require DOT to determine whether such reporting is still necessary in today’s deregulated airline industry. DOT also should be mindful that reporting compliance results in significant costs to airlines and these costs may be passed on to consumers in the form of higher fares. Certain “nice to know” information submitted by airlines to DOT as part of their compliance with the Department’s reporting requirements ultimately drives up industry and consumer costs with little, if any, benefits.

Counsel: A4A, Douglas Mullen

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Corendon Dutch Airlines B.V.

OST-2002-12555 - Designation of Agent

May 11, 2018

Designation of Agent

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Josh Romanow

http://www.corendonairlines.nl/

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Essential Air Service at Alamosa and Pueblo, Colorado, Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, Hagerstown, Maryland, Jackson, Tennessee, Kirksville, Missouri, Morgantown, West Virginia, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Owensboro, Kentucky, Prescott, Arizona, Staunton, Virginia, Tupelo, Mississippi, Vernal, Utah, Victoria, Texas, Kearney, Nebraska, Macon, Georgia, Pendelton, Oregon and Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Order 2018-5-14
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff

Issued and Served May 11, 2018

Order Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility and Tentatively Granting a Waiver for Communities that Experienced a Service Hiatus

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation has tentatively determined that all 25 communities listed on the first page of this Order did not meet one or two statutory eligibility criteria required to remain in the Essential Air Service program. The Department has tentatively determined that these 25 communities did not enplane an average of 10 or more passengers per day during Fiscal Year 2017, as required by 49 USC §41731(a)(1)(B), and/or required a rate of subsidy per passenger of more than $200. The Department is directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the eligibility of the 21 communities listed in the first group of communities identified in the caption of this Order. The Department is also tentatively granting waivers for the four communities in the second group because each one suffered a service hiatus during Fiscal Year 2017.

All 25 communities may file objections and/or petitions for waivers, and the Department will not terminate subsidized service until objections and petitions for waivers are reviewed and a final Order is issued granting or denying petitions for waivers. The Department also directs interested parties to show cause why the Department should not grant Macon, Georgia; Kearney, Nebraska; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pendleton, Oregon, a waiver on its own initiative.

Objections to the Department’s tentative decision and petitions for waivers from these requirements are due within 20 days after the service date of this Order. Additionally, communities that required a subsidy per passenger in excess of the Subsidy Cap during Fiscal Year 2017 may work with an air carrier to submit a proposal to the Department that complies with the Subsidy Cap.

By: Joel Szabat

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Essential Air Service at Johnstown, Pennsylvania

OST-2002-11451

May 11, 2018

Request of John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport for One-Month Extension of Proposals Deadline

The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport formally and respectfully requests a one-month extension of the May 15, 2018 deadline to submit official comment to US DOT regarding air carrier proposals for Essential Air Service to June 15, 2018.

By: Thomas Keyes

http://www.flyjohnstownairport.com/ - Johnstown Airport

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Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23 and April 18, 2018 | Issued May 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat

http://www.polynesianairlines.com

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Southern Air, Inc.

OST-2002-12555 - Designation of Agent

May 10, 2018

Designation of Agent

Counsel: Atlas Air, Russell Pommer

https://www.southernair.com/

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United Air Lines, Inc.

OST-1995-675 - Form 41

May 10, 2018

Motion to Withhold Information from Public Disclosure

Counsel: Jenner & Block, Marc Warren, 202-639-6897

http://www.united.com/

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US-Cuba Frequency Allocation Proceeding

OST-2016-0021

May 11, 2018

Motion of Southwest Airlines for Extension of Start-Up Date

Southwest seeks a nineteen-day extension of time for its new FLL-HAV flight due to limited aircraft availability over the busy summer months. Southwest makes aircraft allocation decisions many months in advance and was required to fully commit its aircraft for summer flying prior to the issuance of Order 2018-4-17 on April 20. In addition, Southwest’s aircraft availability is further limited in 2018 due to the retirement of its 737-300 fleet on September 30, 2017.

There is ample precedent for granting Southwest the brief extension it requests for its FLL-HAV service. In fact, seven US carriers, including Southwest, received DOT approval of requests for start-up extensions for various US-Cuba routes in the initial 2016 proceeding.4 In addition, earlier this week JetBlue submitted a motion to extend its FLL/BOS-HAV start-up date until November 10, 2018,5 and American submitted a motion to extend the start-up date for its new MIA-HAV service until October 3, 2018.

Counsel: Southwest, Robert Kneisley, 202-263-6284

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