Friday, December 2, 2011 - 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 2012.
BTS will receive reports from 16 airlines, 15 that are required to report and one that will report voluntarily next year. Virgin America will be required to report for the first time in 2012. Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Mesa Airlines will no longer be required to report but Mesa will report voluntarily. Airlines with revenue of more than 1 percent of scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue for the 12 months ended June 30, 2011 are required to report.
The directive also 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 June 30, 2011 for which monthly on-time reports are required. The list is unchanged from 2011. 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 the complete list of carriers required to report data in 2012 and the airports for which reports are required, see Technical Directives - On-Time Reporting.