NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 481

Subsector 481

NAICS Subsector Code 481 – Air Transportation

Definition of NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 481: Industries in the Air Transportation subsector provide air transportation of passengers and/or cargo using aircraft, such as airplanes and helicopters. The subsector distinguishes scheduled from nonscheduled air transportation. Scheduled air carriers fly regular routes on regular schedules and operate even if flights are only partially loaded. Nonscheduled carriers often operate during nonpeak time slots at busy airports. These establishments have more flexibility with respect to choice of airport, hours of operation, load factors, and similar operational characteristics. Nonscheduled carriers provide chartered air transportation of passengers, cargo, or specialty flying services. Specialty flying services establishments use general-purpose aircraft to provide a variety of specialized flying services.

Scenic and sightseeing air transportation and air courier services are not included in this subsector but are included in Subsector 487, Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation and in Subsector 492, Couriers and Messengers. Although these activities may use aircraft, they are different from the activities included in air transportation. Air sightseeing does not usually involve place-to-place transportation; the passenger’s flight (e.g., balloon ride, aerial sightseeing) typically starts and ends at the same location. Courier services (individual package or cargo delivery) include more than air transportation; road transportation is usually required to deliver the cargo to the intended recipient.

Three Digit Subsector Breakdown for the North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry, and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If NAICS Subsector 481 does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 48-49: Transportation and Warehousing
    • Subsector 481: Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4811: Scheduled Air Transportation
        • Industry 48111: Scheduled Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481111: Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481112: Scheduled Freight Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4812: Nonscheduled Air Transportation
        • Industry 48121: Nonscheduled Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481211: Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481212: Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481219: Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation

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