This section contains materials for making an application for an airline licence, including application forms, guidance publications and information about additional CAA services which will help you make your application.
We encourage any applicant for an airline licence to contact us at the earliest opportunity. Airline licensing can be complex and the amount of work that needs to be done will be different depending on the exact situation of each applicant. The most straightforward way of getting started with your application is to get in touch with us using the details below:
Type A licences
(for operators of aircraft with more than 20 seats)
Type B licences
(for operators of aircraft with 19 seats or fewer)
Consumer Protection Group
Civil Aviation Authority
Tel: 0207 453 6317
Fax: 0207 453 6322
Tel: 0207 543 6330
Fax: 0207 453 6322
Airline Licensing pages provide information about the different kinds of licences that are available and the basic requirements for each one.
Full details of requirements to qualify for an airline licence are contained in our publication
Licensing Airlines in the UK. Paragraphs 11-23 provide an overview of the criteria for the basic Operating Licence.
Forms required for airline licence applications are shown below.
We recommend contacting the CAA before attempting to fill them in.
There is a fee for applying for an airline licence. Details of the current level of fees are set out in the
Scheme of Charges (Operating and Air Transport Licences, Foreign Registered Aircraft Operating Permits and Scarce Capacity Allocation Certificates).
The CAA collects data on air traffic within the UK, much of which is available for free on our website. We also offer a data query and analysis service to assist with traffic forecasting, route development, competitor analysis and understanding of the economics of air travel. Further information can be found on the Aviation Intelligence pages of this website.
online calculator will help you assess what minimum level of insurance you need to qualify for a licence. The results can be used as a guide but are only estimates and the true level will be set by the CAA in the course of your application.
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