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International fare class level. The directory level that defines fare class combinability in the add-on construction process.


International zone level. The directory level that defines the area of applicability in the add-on construction process.


Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards, which lay out message structure and code content for various business messaging requirements.

paper tariff

A tariff officially filed on paper with a government.


ATPCO's Automated Rules system. Obs.

parameter set

A group of parameters (coded instructions) that are read by batch programs to select and process data in a transaction format. Obs.


An organization identified by the tariff owner who has some level of authority over the tariff owner's data.


ATPCO's Partner Access Security System. Allows an organization(the partner) to view, print, create, or update changes to specified rules and footnotes of another organization (the owner). Partners with remote access will then be able to access the owner's data using their current sign-ons. This access is available for both public and private tariffs and both filed and unfiled data. To invoke access through this system, the owner must send an instruction in writing authorizing specific data for each partner.

Passenger Air Tariff

A printed publication published by IATA and SITA that contains worldwide general rules, fare rules, fares, add-ons, and routings for selected carriers.

passenger type

Codes that specify that a passenger qualifies as a specific type, such as accompanied child, military, standby, senior citizen, or companion. Valid types are displayed on a help screen in the FareManager Rules system and are listed in Appendix A of the Automated Rules user documentation.


Passenger Air Tariff.


Pseudo City Code.


Passengers per Day Each Way. A total capacity measure of individual markets. Measures how many passengers, on average, travel between two cities each day.


Project Development Plan.

permanent resident

A person legally living in a given country. Also called resident.


Passenger Facility Charge.


IATA Prorate Factor Manual.


ATPCO record containing data provided by IATA that stores conversion rates from currencies to NUCs. Exchange rates are normally updated quarterly. It is used in fare construction engines to convert add-ons and fares, calculate the total, construct the fare, and then convert the final amount to the appropriate currency.


ATPCO record containing data provided by IATA that lists countries who publish fares in US dollars or euros and stores conversion rates from the native currency to NUCs. Exchange rates are normally updated quarterly. It is coded for the sole purpose of supporting the Construction Data subscription product.


ATPCO's Passenger Interline Pricing/Prorate System. An online IDMS remote system used by airline revenue accounting departments to obtain historical fare and prorate information to divide the revenue from tickets covering joint transportation. This system is an IDMS application.


Passenger International Tariff.

plating carrier

See validating carrier.


US/CA Passenger Local Fares.


Prorate Manual-Passenger.




Passenger Name Record, or Personal Name Record, is the six-character code that is the reference for a reservation. This is created at time of reservation, and contains the identifying details of the traveler (name, passport info) as well as the fare, ticket, and payment information.

PNR Wrap-Up

A message sent consolidating all PNR details, including passenger, itinerary, and fee information, that provides an update to down-line systems to allow passenger servicing.

  1. Power of attorney.
  2. Period of application.
point of turnaround

Farthest geographical fare break point on the pricing unit, measured from pricing unit origin; not applicable on a one-way pricing unit. Also called turnaround.

portion of travel

One or more consecutive sectors.


See backend.

power of attorney

Permission given by a carrier for ATPCO to be its agent. The DOT or CTA must have proof of this transaction and must give ATPCO a POA number showing that it has documentation of the carrier's permission given to ATPCO.

priceable unit

See pricing unit.

pricing department

Airline department that determines fares. Also called rate desk.

pricing solution

A combination of fares that is considered a possibility for a desired charge for a passenger.

pricing unit
  1. A one-way fare that is qualified in its own terms independent of any other fare component.
  2. Combination of two or more fare components where one or more of the components is dependent upon all of the others to qualify for autopricing. Also called priceable unit.
prime booking code

See booking code.

primary portion of travel

A portion of travel of a fare component that determines the carrier's fare that will be selected for the entire fare component. (Determination of primary portion may vary by CRS.)

  1. A type of batch status indicating that data contained with the batch has not been distributed in the subscription process. See batch status.
  2. Data with restrictions on who can view and sell it.
private fare

Private fares are fares with a limitation on distribution and use, as designated by the fare owner. These fares are held by ATPCO in private tariffs. See also negotiated fares.

private tariff

A tariff requested by a carrier or other entity for their own private use. Any fare rule, rate, or footnote data put into a private tariff is sent to and viewed by only the owner and those designated by the owner.

process tag

FareManager Rules system identifiers that indicate which replacement fares to use and under what circumstances to use them when processing a customer's ticket reissue request.


Proposal. A number to identify a group of records with a tariff. Obs.


To divide interline or online revenue according to industry multilateral or bilateral agreements.

  1. Rule conditions that apply to a fare, such as a maximum stay of five days.
  2. (Service Fees) Conditions that apply to a service, such as to whom a service applies and how much it costs.

See parameter set.

pseudo Record 1

A virtual Record 1 is created by the subscriber when an actual Record 1 does not exist. It contains the necessary Record 1 information as determined by the resulting fare data provided in the appropriate fare creation categories (such as Categories 19-22 or 25) and is used for processing, ticketing, and revenue accounting.

psgr type

Passenger type.


Prepaid Ticket Advice.


Passenger Tariff Bulletin. See bulletin.


Passenger type code. See also passenger type.


A type of batch status indicating that data contained within the batch has been distributed in the subscription process. See also batch status.

public fare

A fare that is available to the general public for purchase. See also private fare.

public tariff

A tariff whose data is available for viewing by any organization once it is processed through GFS. Also called published tariff.

published fare
  1. The industry term for a fare available to the general public for purchase; usually called public fare at ATPCO.
  2. (data application) ATPCO term for published round-trip or one-way fares on the ATPCO fare record. Also called specified. These fares may or may not have limited distribution (be private fares).
published fare amount

The filed and available fare used for fare calculation and/or ticketing display to create Selling or Net amounts.

publishing carrier

The carrier who owns or publishes the fare. Also called owning carrier.


A program that removes expired or unwanted data from the master file.