As is often the case with regulation, there’s a difference between theory and reality.
In theory, January 2016’s vote for the EU 2016/681 directive would mean that any airline operating in the EU would provide passenger name records (PNRs) to a passenger information unit (PIU) system in the destination country. PNR data is intended to provide additional information for state security services across the EU to fight terrorism and serious crime. The deadline for making this data available was May 2018.
In reality, asking airlines to provide this kind of information smoothly and seamlessly is a huge technical challenge – both for airlines and EU states.
Why is it so complex to provide PNR data to PIUs, and what can be done about it?
The security benefits of the EU PNR directive are clear. Unfortunately, the challenges of following the directive are significant:
In sum the new regulation requires the implementation of data flows and deploying data analysis:
Due to this enormous complexity, many airlines and EU state actors have struggled to fully comply with the directive. What’s the solution?
Since the PNR directive 2018, Conztanz has been working with EU governments and airlines to develop a solution which will allow airlines to quickly and easily comply with these new requirements. We launched the API-PNR gateway in March 2018 to help airlines and governments send and receive PNR data in a fast, seamless and secure manner.
The highly secured community gateway, which is independent of data analysis systems, has been developed with the support and collaboration of the Luxembourg authorities. It is already connected to Luxembourg’s PIU systems, data provider ARINC and major Passenger Service Systeme Amadeus, and Navitaire. This provides PNR data for Flybe, Ryanair, Hahn Air, KLM, Hop, Aegean, British Airways, LOT polish airlines, Volotea and Vueling so far. There are also 3 airlines with a direct connection due to its system specificities, which are Turkish airlines, Easyjet and TAP.
This community solution offers a single point of collection for PNR data sources to any subscribing government and therefore alleviates the burden of multi-source connection, data certification and permanent consistency checks for governments as well as airlines.
The API-PNR Gateway closes the gap between the theory of the EU PNR Directive 2018 and the technological realities of implementing it.