Guidance

Aviation operating permits: procedures, application forms and changes to the process

Information about operating permits for foreign registered aircraft.

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From 6 April 2014 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has responsibility for foreign carrier permits.

Documents

Application for passenger charter flights

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Application for cargo charter flights

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Application for aerial work or flying training flights

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Application for specialist charter flights

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Application for a scheduled or seasonal flight permit

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Documentary requirements for foreign registered airlines and aircraft

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Details

From 6 April 2014, all new article 223 and 225 applications should be submitted to and will be processed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Permit regime explained

Before operating to, from or within the United Kingdom, all foreign registered aircraft must be in possession of an operating permit under the 2009 Air Navigation Order. This requirement extends to all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo charters that are not covered by the provisions of the European market access regulations, and to flights carrying out aerial work (e.g. photography, parachuting, flight training). Foreign aircraft must also have a permit under the appropriate air navigation orders before operating to the:

  • Isle of Man
  • Channel Islands
  • UK overseas territories

Before granting any operating permits for scheduled flights, the Department for Transport ensures that the services are operating in conformity with the traffic rights and conditions provided under the UK’s bilateral air services arrangements negotiated with the airlines.

Published 12 November 2012
Last updated 17 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added advice on changes to the administration of foreign aircraft permits.
  2. First published.