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Statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air

The European Union (EU) should have at its disposal comparable, consistent, synchronised and regular statistical data on the scale and development of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air within the EU. This regulation therefore aims to establish a solid statistical base on which to formulate the EU aviation policy.

ACT

Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 February 2003 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

The objective of this regulation is to collect reliable, regular, up-to-date, harmonised and comparable information on the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air. Collecting common data on a comparable or harmonised basis will make it possible to provide an integrated system supplying reliable, consistent and prompt information.

Each European Union (EU) country must collect statistical data on:

  • passengers;
  • freight and mail;
  • flight stages;
  • passenger seats available;
  • aircraft movements.

Each EU country must also collect all the specified data for all EU airports in its territory with traffic in excess of 150 000 passenger units per year.

Where possible, the collection of data shall be based on available sources so as to minimise the burden on respondents. Where an EU country calls upon a respondent to provide information, the respondent is obliged to give true and complete information within the given deadline. The collection of data must be based on complete returns unless other standards of accuracy are established by the Commission. EU countries must transmit the results of the data processing, including data declared confidential, to the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT).

At the request of the Commission, EU countries must communicate all information concerning the methods used in the collection of data, as well as any substantive changes to those methods.

After data have been collected over a period of three years, the Commission is to submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the experience acquired in applying the regulation.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 437/2003

31.3.2003

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OJ L 66, 11.3.2003

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 219/2009

20.4.2009

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OJ L 87, 31.3.2009

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference purposes only.

Last updated: 18.07.2011
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