[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2013)]
[Pages 5856-5857]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01717]



Federal Aviation Administration

Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; 
Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Air Traffic Slots 

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA 
invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing information 
collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments on the following collection of information was 
published on August 31, 2012, vol. 77, no. 170, page 53249. The FAA 
collects information to allocate slots and maintain accurate record of 
slot transfers at slot-controlled airports. The information is provided 
by air carriers and other operators at slot controlled airports.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 27, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy DePaepe at (405) 954-9362, or by 
email at: [email protected].

    OMB Control Number: 2120-XXXX.
    Title: Air Traffic Slots Management.
    Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this 
    Type of Review: New clearance of an existing information 
    Background: The FAA has implemented several initiatives to address 
congestion and delay issues within the National Airspace System. The 
FAA has issued orders limiting operations at John F. Kennedy 
International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport 
(EWR), and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The FAA also has designated O'Hare 
International Airport (ORD) and San Francisco International Airport 
(SFO) as Level 2 airports under the International Air Transport 
Association (IATA) Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG).

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These orders resulted in part from increasing congestion and delays at 
the airports requiring the FAA to allocate arrival and departure slots 
at JFK, EWR, and LGA. The designations resulted in part from increasing 
congestion and delays at the airports requiring FAA to implement a 
voluntary process to manage operational growth at ORD and SFO.
    The information is reported to the FAA by carriers holding a slot 
at JFK, EWR, or LGA; by carriers operating at ORD or SFO; or by 
operators conducting unscheduled operations at LGA. At JFK and EWR, 
carriers must notify the FAA of: (1) Requests for confirmation of 
transferred slots; (2) requests for seasonal allocation of historic and 
additional available slots; and (3) usage of slots on a seasonal basis. 
At LGA, carriers must notify the FAA of: (1) Requests for confirmation 
of transferred slots; (2) slots required to be returned or slots 
voluntarily returned; (3) requests to be included in a lottery for 
available slots; and (4) usage of slots on a bi-monthly basis. At LGA, 
unscheduled operators must request and obtain a reservation from the 
FAA prior to conducting an operation. At ORD and SFO, carriers must 
notify the FAA of their intended operating schedules on a seasonal 
basis. The FAA estimates that all information from carriers is 
submitted electronically from information stored in carrier scheduling 
databases, and that nearly all requests for unscheduled operation 
reservations are submitted electronically through either an Internet or 
touch-tone system interface.
    Respondents: Approximately 500 carriers and other operators.
    Frequency: Information is collected as needed; some reporting on 
bimonthly or semiannual basis.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 2 minutes per unscheduled 
operation reservation; 6 minutes per notice of slot transfer; 2 hours 
per schedule submission or slot request; and 2 hours per slot usage 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 7,031.5 hours.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of 
Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected], or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) 
ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of 
the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include 
your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013.
Albert R. Spence,
FAA Assistant Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises 
Business Services Division, AES-200.
[FR Doc. 2013-01717 Filed 1-25-13; 8:45 am]