Standard ATOL

Application for a Standard ATOL

Making an Application

Application Process

Please note that it is not possible to provide detailed information on the likely requirements for the grant of a licence, as each application is different.

Our fees for making a Standard ATOL application are £1,890 plus 11.85p per passenger. A full list of ATOL charges can be found in the Official Record Series 5 - Scheme of Charges

1. Submit an Application

An application form should be completed and sent to us, together with the applicable application fee and applicable supporting documents - please refer to the checklist at the back of the application form. Please note application fees are non-refundable).

We have produced a guide to assist in the completion of the application form. The application form includes financial projections which needs to be completed for a minimum period of 12 months. If you are unsure of how to complete the projections please talk to your accountants / auditors.

2. Initial Assessment

The application will be allocated to a case officer who will contact the applicant to request any additional information. No further progress can be made until any requested additional information is provided by the applicant.

Once all requested information has been received, the case will be submitted to a Manager who will consider setting up a meeting with the applicant.

3. Formal Meeting

At the meeting, we will go through the financial aspects of the case in detail, set against our published criteria, and outline set out any necessary cash injections. We will also outline any fitness and competence aspects relevant to the case. Finally, we will briefly run through the administration requirements to maintain the licence, and give the applicant the opportunity to raise any queries.

In most cases, a decision on the application will be concluded at or very soon after the meeting.

4. Offer Letter 

Provided the applicant accepts the decision proposed at or following the meeting, a formal decision letter is issued, listing all the requirements necessary to grant a licence. The decision letter allows the applicant up to two months to meet the requirements. The ATOL number will be given to the applicant once the licence is granted.

General Requirements

You will need to apply for a Standard ATOL if:

  • You intend to carry more than 500 passengers a year.
  • You intend to carry less than 500 passengers a year, but fall into one of the categories restricting you from holding a Small Business ATOL referred to in section 4.4 of our financial criteria policy note.

General Financial & Fitness Requirements

As part of the Standard ATOL application process, the CAA will assess the finances of your business, which will need to meet our financial criteria. This is based around a surplus of free assets sufficient to support the levels of turnover projected. Surplus free asset levels vary dependent upon the experience/trading record of the people in control of the business and the level of risk involved, but will not be lower than 5% of projected turnover.

Legally, the CAA must be satisfied that the people who own/control the business are fit and competent to hold a licence. It will request details of the history of the people in a position of influence within an applicant and consider if they are likely to operate in a proper manner if granted a licence. If its preliminary view is that the people are unfit or not competent to hold a licence, it will issue a proposal to refuse the licence application, setting out the reasons for reaching the view and giving the applicant an opportunity to make representations against the proposal.

The CAA has issued a policy note which sets out the personal fitness and competence criteria.

Apply for a Standard ATOL

Application Form
How to Apply Guide
Bond Forms  

Please send to:

ATOL New Applicants
CAA House
45-59 Kingsway