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PNR deadline leaves most of Europe grasping at thin air

27 March 2018

Only three EU member states have fully transposed Directive 2016/681 into national law, and most are struggling to establish the technical infrastructure for receiving and processing Passenger Name Record data

Most member states in the European Union (EU) will miss the 25 May deadline to begin collecting Passenger Name Record (PNR) data from airlines because they will not have fully implemented Directive 2016/681 in time.

Furthermore, most governments have not yet created their national technical centres, known as Passenger Information Units (PIUs), to receive PNR data in a standardised format.

“We are only a few months away from the May deadline, and it takes around six months for the airlines to conduct all their testing with a member state to work out the bugs and ensure smooth data flows,” an official at A4E, the industry association in Brussels for Europe’s airlines, told Jane’s on 13 March.

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