Foreign Carriers - Scheduled or Charter Operating Permit Article 223

Foreign Carriers - Scheduled or Charter Operating Permit - Article 223 of the Air Navigation Order 2009

Scheduled or Charter Operating Permit - Article 223 of the Air Navigation Order

Application process

Ad-hoc applications should be submitted at least two working days before the first flight is due to be undertaken. 

Note - IATA Summer Season 2015 permit applications should be submitted before 27 February 2015. 

Information or documents that will be required to be submitted in support of an application:

  • Aircraft details;
  • Route and number of services per week (for Scheduled and Series Charter flights), or dates of flights (for Ad-Hoc Charter flights);
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance for passenger, third party and war risks for aircraft to be used. The level of insurance must meet the minimum requirements of insurance for passenger and third party liability set out in Regulation (EC) 785/2004.

The CAA may also require the following information on request (and reserves the right to require such information at any stage) 

  • Certificate of competency and/or Air Operators Certificate and /or an Operating Licence issued by the aeronautical authority of the State of Operator.
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Business Registration
  • Certificates of Airworthiness and Registration issued by the aeronautical authority of the State of Registry for all aircraft to be used on services to the UK.
  • Confirmation that no dangerous goods or munitions of war will be carried.  For a Dangerous Goods (DG) exemption, evidence of exemption / approval from State of origin or UK CAA is required, the appropriate completed form should be attached

Wet leased aircraft

The CAA will however require all the above documents in regard to any foreign registered aircraft leased from another carrier, either with or without crew, which the applicant carrier proposes to use on services to the UK. The department will also require the following additional information:

  • Written confirmation that the lease has been approved by the lessee’s aeronautical authorities;
  • A copy of the lease agreement;
  • Confirmation of which airline’s operations and flight manuals will be used.

Traffic rights

The setting of policy and negotiation of traffic rights is undertaken by the Department for Transport. Before granting an operating permit for scheduled flights, the CAA ensures that the services are undertaken in accordance with the traffic rights and conditions provided under the air service arrangements the UK has negotiated with the state where the airline is registered. 

In the case of non-scheduled (charter) flights the UK seeks reciprocity to ensure that UK airlines are allowed similar opportunities from foreign authorities.

If you have any queries in relation to the application of an air service agreements or designation under such an agreement then you should contact the Department for Transport.

Pavlos Kakoulli
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 944 5812

Abimobla Alli
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 944 6912

Office hours - 9.00am and 5.00pm weekdays

Advance Passenger Information - e-Borders

Operators entering the UK need to confirm the arrangements that they have in place for the transmission of API data in accordance with paragraphs 27 & 27B of schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 and the Immigration and Police (Passenger, Crew and Service Information) Order 2008 (SI 2008/5). Further information about these requirements can be obtained from

List of approved API systems

Security Direction 

In addition, any airline operating aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 10,000kgs or more in the United Kingdom must also have a security direction (known as the Single Consolidated Direction (Aviation) 2010) served on them and so applicants applying for a permit that involves such an operation should also contact

Further information is available at