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Parliamentary questions
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18 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002853-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mohammed Chahim (S&D)

 Subject:  Air Transport Sector Data
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has stated that regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 will be revised. This provides an opportunity to rectify the lack of key aviation data. Unlike the US, Europe does not have a harmonised system for the disclosure of aviation supply and demand data, thus hampering the potential of evidence-based policy.

A survey and database system should be introduced. This would allow for the introduction of high quality data sets. Furthermore, national statistics authorities should be urged to provide comprehensive key air transport data.

Does the Commission acknowledge that we need a higher quality of air transport sector data to assess (both ex-post and ex-ante) the benefits for the economy, competition, society and the environment?

Will the Commission prioritise the transparency of data in its revision of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, including the possibility for passenger origin-destination (including stopovers) surveys such as those that currently exist in the United States (ticket sample) and the possibility to monitor commercial air services based on real occurrence (e.g. schedule relevant information extracted from Eurocontrol data or provided by airports)?

What steps will the Commission take to urge national statistics authorities to promptly supply the full set of key data on civil and freight aviation?

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